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In trickles, justice wins vs badly issued warrants
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Acknowledging that the application and implementation of search warrants are “susceptible to abuse,” a Manila regional trial court last Wednesday acquitted an activist couple of the non-bailable charges...
Expanding US military presence in Phl bases
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Yesterday China’s continuing intrusions into Philippine maritime jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea grabbed the headlines over a new incident that spurred strong protests and varied responses.
In 10 months, PNP engaged in 13 million activities?
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Tuesday, Vice President Leni Robredo said that if she becomes the next president, she would abolish the NTF-ELCAC , which President Duterte created in December 2018.
Moral turpitude damages the nation
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Urged to act fast on the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy for president of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Comelec, through its spokesperson, has indicated it would be able to resolve the issue by late December....
‘Ideological activism: nothing to be alarmed about’
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 30, 2021 - 12:00am
By declaring support for the Duterte administration’s “whole-of-nation” approach to counterinsurgency, the Commission on Higher Education regional office in the Cordillera has – wittingly...
Drug-war killings review found ‘too little, too late’
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 23, 2021 - 12:00am
Yes, there are valid reasons why human rights advocates, lawyers’ groups and critics of the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs” found inadequate – after a long wait – the Department...
Anti-Duterte/Marcos line in Robredo’s candidacy
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 9, 2021 - 12:00am
However the final alignments may turn out by mid-November, Vice President Leni Robredo’s declaration to run in the May 2022 presidential race stands out as being clearly opposed to both Duterte’s bid...
Marcos ill-gotten wealth and unpaid tax on estate
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 2, 2021 - 12:00am
As the nation recalled the imposition of martial law and dictatorship by Ferdinand Marcos 49 years ago, amid calls that it should “Never Again” happen, two retired Supreme Court jurists reminded us about...
Softening the impact of ICC probe on EJKs?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 25, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Thursday this newspaper ran this front-page headline: “Duterte vows accountability in drug war.”
ICC probe of drug killings a ‘major step to justice’
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 18, 2021 - 12:00am
Yes, a major step to justice.
Head scratchers: ’22 budget, apology for drug lord slay
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Since midweek you, readers of this column, may have read or heard from the mass media the following statements:
Engaging the government on the 2022 national budget
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Never has the national government’s annual budget proposal attracted more public attention, and inducing closer scrutiny, than the one for 2022 – a presidential election year – now under committee...
Who paid $260,000 to take down Karapatan website?
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 28, 2021 - 12:00am
For 25 consecutive days beginning July 29, the website of human rights alliance Karapatan was subjected to cyber attack aimed at taking it down.
Why US lost its 20-year war in Afghanistan
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Standing firm on his decision to end America’s longest war by withdrawing the remaining US military forces in Afghanistan, President Joseph Biden this week made two significant public acknowledgments.
Urgent calls, reminders on int’l humanitarian law
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 14, 2021 - 12:00am
It wasn’t surprising that President Duterte didn’t say a word about international humanitarian law on Aug. 12, the date observed worldwide as International Humanitarian Law Day, or IHL Day.
Justice edges onward in Colombia peace accord
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 7, 2021 - 12:00am
The nationwide general strike in Colombia, which began as a protest against tax increases in April (discussed in this space on June 12), continues to besiege that South American country. Several gut issues, of immediate...
Costly, myopic approach to decades-long conflict
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 31, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte, in his final State of the Nation Address last Monday, said that his administration has made “great strides” in addressing the root causes of the armed conflict with the Left revolutionary...
SC ruling rebukes Duterte for disdaining the ICC
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 24, 2021 - 12:00am
The over-a-hundred-page ruling had been adopted unanimously by the 15 members of the Supreme Court on March 16, but was released to the media only last Wednesday (July 21).
Justice for those killed in search warrant abuses
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Last week, the Supreme Court made public its amended rules on search warrant issuances and search operations, aimed at ending the abuses by law enforcers that have resulted in the killing of dozens and arrest of...
Global rights watchdogs tag Duterte as violator
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 10, 2021 - 12:00am
Going into its last year in office – with President Duterte saying he’s “somewhat sold on the idea” of running for vice president in next year’s elections – his government has...
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