Satur C. Ocampo
Satur C. Ocampo
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Committed to human rights, basic reforms and just peace
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Today, Aug. 8, this column pauses to pay respect to a man, born to a family of means and comfort, who opted to devote his life to the struggle for fundamental reforms and fight for the rights and welfare of the impoverished,...
Government candor needed in fight vs COVID-19
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 1, 2020 - 12:00am
What disappointed a wide range of people in President Duterte’s state of the nation address last Monday, among others, was the apparent lack of candor in presenting clearly the state and direction of the government’s...
Anti-terror law alarms a wide range of groups
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 25, 2020 - 12:00am
As of last Thursday, at least 16 petitions had already been filed before the Supreme Court, asking it to strike down the new Anti-Terrorism Act (RA 11479) – either in its entirety or several of its provisions...
What makes a rebel different from a terrorist
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The new Anti-Terrorism Act, which takes effect tomorrow, July 19, is being challenged before the Supreme Court by eight petitions so far filed by different groups.
Ambivalence toward the Left and peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Over the last four years of Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s presidency, we may have gotten used to seeing, hearing, or reading about how he has tended to say one thing and, in the same instance, he walks back on that...
Anti-terrorism bill sorely needs rewriting
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 4, 2020 - 12:00am
As a criminal statute, the Anti-Terrorism Act bill awaiting President Duterte’s action ought to be clearly and precisely written so that “it can give adequate guidance to those concerned,” but it...
Duterte’s obsessive diatribe vs CPP-NPA
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Having succeeded in railroading the passage by Congress of the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” bill – widely condemned and assailed, both nationally and internationally – and poised to sign it...
My close encounter with a tycoon
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 20, 2020 - 12:00am
When I read the brief media announcement that Eduardo “Danding” M. Cojuangco Jr. had passed away on June 16, my thoughts rushed back to an incident 44 years ago – shortly after I was arrested on...
Big gap in fleshing out ATB declared state policy
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 13, 2020 - 12:00am
“The State recognizes that the fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach, comprising political, economic, diplomatic, military and legal means, duly taking into account the root causes of terrorism...
Anti-terror bill bad enough, yet something else is worse
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Adding its powerful voice to the chorus of dissent from Filipinos objecting mightily to President Duterte’s anti-terror legislation, the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Hman Rightshas...
Big drug firms nixed plan to push vaccines in 2017
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The race is on – among the world’s biggest pharmaceutical corporations and many independent initiatives in some countries – to develop the first vaccine for COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases exceed 5 M; doubt raised over vaccines
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 23, 2020 - 12:00am
With a single-day record increase of 106,000 last Wednesday, the world’s total reported COVID-19 infections have exceeded five million confirmed cases, with the death toll nearing 330,000.
‘Government must respect the people, for trust to happen’
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the effects of drastic and severe measures adopted by governments in their bid to stanch the spread of infection, is giving rise to a mental illness crisis...
Withdraw bid to buy $1.5 billion war goods from US
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Quite a bad timing for the United States State Department, given the still globally surging COVID-19 pandemic and the International Monetary Fund’s projection of a 3 percent global economic contraction.
Helping feed the poor, Iloilo activist is shot dead
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It shouldn’t have shocked me, but it did. And having had to stay at home under the long COVID-19 lockdown, I am deeply saddened… and, justifiably, angry.
‘Covid-19 is also a human rights crisis’
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 25, 2020 - 12:00am
While it started as a public health emergency, the new coronavirus pandemic is rapidly turning into a human rights crisis, warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a report released on Thursday....
WHO gets global backing, leaving Trump in isolation
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 18, 2020 - 12:00am
US President Donald Trump this week received a resounding global rebuke for suspending America’s funding for the World Health Organization amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Countries releasing inmates to fight Covid-19 pandemic
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Yesterday, Good Friday in Christendom, the solemn and somber air conflated with dread as the Covid-19 global surge had already infected more than 1.5 million people.
In fighting COVID-19, don’t forget those behind bars
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 4, 2020 - 12:00am
“Only by coming together will the world be able to face down the COVID-19 pandemic and its shattering consequences…
Global united action begins against COVID-19
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 28, 2020 - 12:00am
The number of new coronavirus infections has exceeded 500,000 persons worldwide, with more than 22,000 deaths resulting from it – but with 117,000 patients recovered.
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