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Mong Palatino

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

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
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
December 11, 2015
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
A big year for regional integration has been marred by troubling national corruption scandals.
Corruption Scandals Hound ASEAN Leaders in 2015
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
December 04, 2015
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
The approval of a new bill raises some serious questions.
Malaysia’s New National Security Law: A Step Toward Dictatorship?
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
December 01, 2015
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
1975 means more to the region than just the end of the Vietnam War.
1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
November 19, 2015
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
An international people's tribunal at the Hague looks into one of the country's most troubling periods.
International Court Revisits Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
November 11, 2015
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
Manila is still dealing with the effects of the super typhoon's devastation.
Typhoon Haiyan Two Years Later: The Philippines is Still Recovering
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
November 10, 2015
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
A look at how the term resonates in countries across the region.
Who Are Southeast Asia's 'Lost' Generations?
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
October 30, 2015
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
The year 1965 is politically significant in several Southeast Asian states.
What 1965 Means in Southeast Asia
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
October 23, 2015
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
The haze and the El Niño phenomenon deserve greater attention.
Time For Southeast Asia to Address its Climate Problem
The Race for the Philippine Presidency Has Begun
October 17, 2015
The Race for the Philippine Presidency Has Begun
A closer look at the four major candidates ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The Race for the Philippine Presidency Has Begun
Myanmar’s Ribbon Movements Challenge Militarization
October 10, 2015
Myanmar’s Ribbon Movements Challenge Militarization
Colored ribbons have emerged as symbols of those resisting creeping militarization in the country.
Myanmar’s Ribbon Movements Challenge Militarization
Southeast Asia’s Transparency Problem
September 30, 2015
Southeast Asia’s Transparency Problem
Most countries in the region do not have a transparent budget process, a global survey confirms.
Southeast Asia’s Transparency Problem
Leading Philippine Presidential Candidate Unveils Platform
September 23, 2015
Leading Philippine Presidential Candidate Unveils Platform
A brief look at Grace Poe's platform.
Leading Philippine Presidential Candidate Unveils Platform
Malay Pride Rally Stokes Race Politics in Malaysia
September 11, 2015
Malay Pride Rally Stokes Race Politics in Malaysia
Another troubling sign that the 'race card' is being exploited in the country's politics.
Malay Pride Rally Stokes Race Politics in Malaysia
Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
September 01, 2015
Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
Malaysia's protests have some colorful parallels in the region.
Southeast Asia’s Color Protests
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
August 22, 2015
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
Superficial rankings should not distract from the significant obstacles the country is yet to overcome.
Is East Timor Now a Rich Country?
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
August 14, 2015
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
The regional grouping is grappling with several other concerns as well that are worth noting.
ASEAN's Joint Communique: It's Not Just About China or the South China Sea
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
August 06, 2015
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
A new report highlights the deplorable conditions IDPs face in the country.
Philippines Must Protect Internally Displaced Persons, Warns UN Expert
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
July 29, 2015
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
The country suspends two newspapers.
Malaysia Silences the Press Amid Corruption Scandal
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