Satur C. Ocampo
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51 years of impunity: legacy of martial law
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 23, 2023 - 12:00am
In Latin America, after the downfall of the military dictatorships, popular demands impelled liberal or progressive heads of government to exact accountability from the military generals and lower officers responsible...
Creepy terror-law cases; more US military base sites
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 16, 2023 - 12:00am
Thus far, there are nine Philippine military bases designated as sites for US military facilities to preposition American troops and equipment under the  2014 US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement...
Confidential funds stay, but more questions arise
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Amid questions raised from within and outside Congress, the proposed budgets for 2024 of the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President – including their controversial secret funds totaling...
Enforced disappearances, persecution: a long story
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Over the past 51 years – spanning eight presidencies, from Marcos Sr.’s 14-year dictatorship to Marcos Jr.’s first year in Malacañang – at least 2,130 individuals have become victims...
Global rights groups assail terror law misuse
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 26, 2023 - 12:00am
Is it now terrorism to support the people’s calls for cheaper rice?
Nirvana-like plan for national security
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 19, 2023 - 12:00am
“A free, resilient, peaceful and prosperous archipelagic and maritime nation, at peace with itself and its neighbors, enabled and protected by reliable defense and public safety systems…
Efforts vs. Manila Bay reclamation push on
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 12, 2023 - 12:00am
For many years, scientists and environmental advocates have cautioned the government against approving more proposals for land reclamation and coastal development projects in Manila Bay.
Protests to build up in Marcos Jr’s second year
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 5, 2023 - 12:00am
A people’s counter-SONA protest action, noticeably broader and bigger than that of the previous year, presaged bigger and broader protests during Marcos Jr’s second year in Malacañang.
Criminal justice system is working… for whom?
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 29, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s generally conceded that the Philippine criminal justice system grinds exceedingly slow. But for the Marcos Jr. administration, the system has been working well after just one year of the family’s...
Activists push back against red-tagging
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Sometimes, people just throw up their hands and shake their heads dejectedly: “But what can you do?”
Human rights violations in Marcos Jr.’s first year
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 15, 2023 - 12:00am
It wasn’t surprising at all.
SC: JMSU case has ‘transcendental’ value
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Finally, describing the case as of “transcendental importance,” the Supreme Court affirmed its Jan. 10, 2023 decision declaring as unconstitutional and void a tripartite agreement for Joint Marine Seismic...
Renewed drive to free all political prisoners
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 1, 2023 - 12:00am
As Ferdinand Marcos Jr. completed his first year in Malacañang yesterday, the human rights alliance Karapatan pressed his administration to render justice to at least 60 victims of extrajudicial killings....
Two similar killings, two decades apart
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 24, 2023 - 12:00am
In the early 2000s, government soldiers brutally killed a couple, Expedito and Manuela Albarillo, in a surprise attack on their home in San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental.
Calling out FM Jr. on HR violations
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 17, 2023 - 12:00am
Almost a year after taking office, the new administration hasn’t taken any perceptible step towards making decisive, positive changes in the country’s dismal human rights situation.
New defense secretary, but same old policy
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 10, 2023 - 12:00am
Nearing the end of his first year in Malacañang, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has stayed silent about his stand on the continuing calls from peace advocates to resume negotiations with the National Democratic Front...
US reasserts presence in Pacific island nations
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 27, 2023 - 12:00am
Now playing out in a hitherto-neglected region of the world – but not that far from our own beleaguered corner – is the escalating tension between the United States and China.
US, Philippines update defense guidelines
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 20, 2023 - 12:00am
The US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, nearly 75 years old now, is being dusted off in the light of “current and emerging threats” to the two countries – read: China’s increasing belligerence...
‘Recalibrating’ task force against Left insurgency
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered the “recalibration” of the controversial NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict), which he concurrently chairs, by designating Vice President...
‘Most lethal’ US drones deployed in Balikatan 2023
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Yesterday, the US and Philippine military forces formally ended their 18-day joint war games under the 38th version of the Balikatan.
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