Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004


@mongster is a manila-based activist, former philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of asia-pacific affairs.

I was inspired to write this piece after speaking in the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference held in Manila, Philippines. I’ve been reading Southeast Asian blogs since 2008. My other sources of alternative information include twitter, facebook, and other social media sites. They provide not only interesting news stories but also incisive commentaries on various […]

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Sex and the Censors in Asia

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Part 1: Politics and immorality in Southeast Asia written for The Diplomat South-east Asian governments are increasingly censoring ‘immoral’ web content. Do they have political motivations as well? Last February, the Indonesian government dropped plans to filter ‘bad’ content through its Multimedia Content Screening team after the plan met with strong public opposition. Yet, undeterred, […]

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Philippines battles child pornography

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Last month the Philippines was scandalized when several sex videos of prominent local showbiz personalities were uploaded on YouTube. This prompted many groups to press for the passage of tougher laws to protect the privacy of individuals. Discussions on how to stop the proliferation of pornographic materials were also initiated. In particular, a strong lobby […]

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