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Angara on Duterte; Duterte on peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Two weeks before he died unexpectedly last Sunday, Edgardo J. Angara, former president of the Senate and the University of the Philippines, who will be interred in his hometown Baler tomorrow, shared some food for...
US withdrawal from Iran nuke deal’s ill consequences
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 12, 2018 - 12:00am
On May 8, President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from a 2015 agreement between six major nations and Iran – called the “Iran deal” for short – aimed at ensuring...
Tightening Philippine military involvement with the US
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 5, 2018 - 12:00am
On May 7-18, the Duterte government will engage in its third Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States since October 2016.
DND, AFP are spoiling the peace talks resumption
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 28, 2018 - 12:00am
In his latest turnabout on the issue, President Duterte apparently seeks to convince the public that he is dead set on continuing the GRP-NDFP peace talks that he unilaterally “terminated” just before...
Duterte’s odd defense of Philippine sovereignty
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 21, 2018 - 12:00am
To undermine and treat the Philippines like a mattress to wipe with your feet… and you are a foreigner… that is something I will not… It is a violation of sovereignty.”
A ‘dirty and brutal war’ vs farmers in Mindanao
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Under martial law extended till the end of 2018 in the whole of Mindanao, the Duterte government has unleashed “a dirty and brutal war” against communities of farmers and indigenous peoples/national minorities...
At 79, I must still confront political persecution
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Today I turned 79 years old.
Anti-terrorism law not intended vs CPP-NPA
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Yesterday the Regional Trial Court Branch 19 in Manila began hearing a motion, filed in my behalf by the Public Interest Law Center (PILC)...
Implementing CARHRIHL is more relevant than ever
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Yesterday, March 16, marked the 20th year since the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law between the peace negotiating panels of the Government of...
No China ‘co-ownership’ of Philippines marine resources
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week President Duterte announced that his administration was considering China’s offer to jointly explore an undisputed Philippine territory for potential energy deposits.
Counterinsurgency to counterterrorism?
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the last 20 months of the Duterte government, we have seen Executive policy being drawn up from statements or remarks made by the President in his cuss-laden off-the-cuff speeches – more often than not...
Muddled thinking on armed conflict and the peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 24, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte and his advisers have sunk deeper into muddled thinking, to say the least, in addressing the government’s nearly 50 years of war with the Left revolutionary movement and the peace negotiations...
A would-be autocrat model
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 17, 2018 - 12:00am
That’s how The New York Times billed this head of state in a front-page article early this week. How so?
‘Dictator’ Duterte’s candor and his other revelations
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Credit his crude or brutal candor, beyond his many contradictory or flip-flopping pronouncements on a wide range of issues.
Declining adherence to the rule of law
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Among 113 countries surveyed in 2017 on adherence to the rule of law, the Philippines emerged with the biggest drop in ranking – from 70th to 88th (or 25th from the bottom).
Bullying tactics on con-ass, stiff stalemate on voting
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 20, 2018 - 12:00am
Through bullying tactics the House “super-majority” last Tuesday approved, by a voice vote (“ayes” and “nays”), Concurrent Resolution No. 9 which calls for Congress to act as constituent...
Differing views on con-ass may check federalism rush
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Two conflicting viewpoints have arisen on how Congress can transform itself into a constituent assembly, as prescribed by the 1987 Constitution, to amend or revise the Charter and enable a shift from a unitary to...
Solons prioritize federalism, but how about the BBL?
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 6, 2018 - 12:00am
As the new year began, the leaders of both chambers of Congress have been talking of prioritizing the shift to a federal system of government by convening the Senate and the House of Representatives into a constituent...
Empathy at Christmas, concerns in the new year
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 30, 2017 - 12:00am
Three Facebook postings I read on Christmas eve tugged at my heart and triggered in my mind parallel and kindred recollections and sympathetic responses.
Double-whammy acts by Congress in one day
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
On Dec. 13, on its last session day before the holiday break, the 17th Congress of the Philippines, dominated by the “super-majorities” of President Duterte’s political allies, took two controversial...
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