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Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Philippines Enters the Duterte Era
July 01, 2016
Philippines Enters the Duterte Era
In his inaugural address, the new president gave a glimpse of what to expect during his term.
Philippines Enters the Duterte Era
Cambodia Rejects Europe's Human Rights Criticisms
June 24, 2016
Cambodia Rejects Europe's Human Rights Criticisms
The government issues a strong response.
Cambodia Rejects Europe's Human Rights Criticisms
What's Behind Cambodia's Black Monday Campaign?
June 14, 2016
What's Behind Cambodia's Black Monday Campaign?
Ongoing protests are a reminder that human rights, justice, and democracy are still under threat in the country.
What's Behind Cambodia's Black Monday Campaign?
Indonesia and Philippines Confront Ghosts of Dictators Past
June 07, 2016
Indonesia and Philippines Confront Ghosts of Dictators Past
Domestic debates about Suharto and Marcos reflect lingering divides about their legacies.
Indonesia and Philippines Confront Ghosts of Dictators Past
What's Behind the New Communist Scares in Indonesia and the Philippines?
May 27, 2016
What's Behind the New Communist Scares in Indonesia and the Philippines?
Anti-communist sentiment in both countries has grabbed headlines over the past few months.
What's Behind the New Communist Scares in Indonesia and the Philippines?
A Month of US Human Rights Concerns in Southeast Asia
May 20, 2016
A Month of US Human Rights Concerns in Southeast Asia
The issue has been in the spotlight this month in several Southeast Asian states.
A Month of US Human Rights Concerns in Southeast Asia
The Many Surprises of the 2016 Philippines Elections
May 12, 2016
The Many Surprises of the 2016 Philippines Elections
Poll results point to several outcomes few would have expected just months ago.
The Many Surprises of the 2016 Philippines Elections
5 Trends That Define the 2016 Philippine Elections
May 07, 2016
5 Trends That Define the 2016 Philippine Elections
As the country prepares to go to the polls, a look at some notable developments during the campaign up to this point.
5 Trends That Define the 2016 Philippine Elections
 Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
April 27, 2016
Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte shares more in common with neighboring ASEAN leaders than he does with Trump.
Does the Philippines Have Its Own Donald Trump?
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
April 18, 2016
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
A new law fails to address old concerns.
The Trouble With Cambodia’s New Law on Trade Unions
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
April 06, 2016
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
The junta’s fear of threats to its rule -- and suppression of freedoms -- has reached a new high.
Thailand’s Absurd ‘Red Bowl’ Sedition Threat
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
March 31, 2016
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
Joseph Goebbels makes a surprise appearance..
Nazi Germany Steals Headlines in Philippines Election Debate
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
March 22, 2016
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
Myanmar isn’t the first case where a Southeast Asian country has recently been led by an alleged ‘proxy.’
Southeast Asia's 'Proxy' Presidents
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
March 17, 2016
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
A political controversy has erupted over Facebook popularity.
Behind Cambodia’s Social Media War
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
March 12, 2016
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
Democracy has died and been reborn several times in different countries in the region.
What the ‘Death of Democracy’ Means in Southeast Asia
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
March 02, 2016
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
Internet freedom suffers as Najib's embattled government tries to fight off the deepening 1MDB scandal.
Malaysia Broadens Media Crackdown As Political Scandal Worsens
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
February 23, 2016
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
30 years after the fall of the Philippines' dictatorship, a look at the legacy of "People Power" in the region.
Remembering 'People Power' in ASEAN
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
February 12, 2016
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
Premier hits out at critics who blame ASEAN's unprecedented failure to issue a joint communique in 2012 on Cambodia.
Cambodia's Hun Sen Wants a South China Sea Apology
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
February 05, 2016
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
Congress fails to approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law, threatening to undermine a peace deal to end a decades-long insurgency.
Violence in the Philippines Feared After Peace Deal Setback
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
January 29, 2016
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
The city-state premier has proposed key changes to the electoral system.
Singapore’s New Political Reforms: What You Need to Know
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
January 22, 2016
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
As the Southeast Asian state prepares to go to the polls later this year, here's a closer look at what's at stake.
7 Things to Know About the 2016 Philippine Elections
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
January 12, 2016
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
The junta chief’s way of politics offers a cautionary tale for the region’s new leaders.
A ‘Prayut Effect’ in Southeast Asia?
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
January 01, 2016
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
A look back at some of the top stories in the region.
What Made Headlines in Southeast Asia in 2015?
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
December 16, 2015
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
Thailand is ending the year with a series of disappointments on rights.
Thailand's Junta Has Gone to the Dogs
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