Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.
Patiwat Saraiyaem, alias Mor Lum Bank, one of the core leaders of the anti-establishment Ratsadon group was eventually granted bail by the Criminal Court last week after he pledged not to criticise the monarchy and not join future political protests.
'Free our Friends" is the latest rallying message of the three-fingered movement and has appeared at all protests since the movement's four core leaders, namely Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, Arnon Nampa, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyam were denied bail by the Criminal Court and sent to Bangkok Remand Prison on Feb 8.
The Opposition's censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his nine cabinet ministers, tentatively scheduled for Feb 16-19, with voting to take place the following day looks set to hit a snag from the beginning -- perhaps even before the start of the actual debate.
Thank you Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Progressive Movement, for helping shed the light on the initiative of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the founding of a pharmaceutical firm, Siam Bioscience, 12 years ago, which was not widely known among Thais outside medical circles.