activist. two-term member of philippine house of representatives. southeast asia editor of global voices
Latest posts by Mong Palatino
"...while I agree some restrictions are necessary in times of crisis, dragging someone under the Penal Code is unjustified. Restrictions need not be through punitive measures in this case."
"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."
"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."
Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.
The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.
The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.
"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."
"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."
"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."
The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.