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.
In struggling for peace, do not be ‘terror-fied’
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 22, 2023 - 12:00am
“The red-taggers will try to scare us from our advocacy and our struggle for what is right, but we must not allow our hearts to be terror-fied.
How far EDCA sites will be used remains unclear
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 15, 2023 - 12:00am
Last Wednesday the United States committed to allocate, by the end of fiscal year 2023, “more than $100 million in infrastructure investments at the new and existing EDCA sites” – in addition to...
‘Unwise and rash’ move to ‘disengage’ from ICC
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 1, 2023 - 12:00am
We don’t have a next move, that is the extent of our involvement with the ICC.
US military bases are back, via EDCA
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 25, 2023 - 12:00am
This week, the United States and the Philippine militaries – with enthusiastic support from Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – kick-started the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the 2014...
OPINION: US-Phl troops prepare for possible war with China
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Live-fire training, using naval artillery gunfire and aviation rockets and bombs to sink a vessel in the West Philippine Sea, where China continues its aggressive maneuvers.
Ecumenical church leaders plead for lasting peace
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 11, 2023 - 12:00am
“Engage in transforming conflict and building reconciliation communities.”
Nine years later, still no clarity on ‘EDCA sites’
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 4, 2023 - 12:00am
A news report on Thursday in Business Mirror that headlined “Senate grills defense brass on plans for EDCA expansion, sites” raised much curiosity for its sheer lack of detailed information. I found this...
US gained by saving the Marcoses in 1986
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 25, 2023 - 12:00am
The irony cannot be ignored.
Prudent DFA stance not to invoke MDT
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 18, 2023 - 12:00am
It was a prudent stance for the Department of Foreign Affairs that averted escalating the most recent tension sparked by China’s aggressive action in the West Philippine Sea.
US touts its aid to boost AFP modernization plan
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 11, 2023 - 12:00am
“An irreplaceable US ally for seven decades, the Philippines has been at the forefront of preserving the free and open regional order in Southeast Asia and the greater Indo-Pacific region.”
Is the US preparing for war, or deterring it?
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 4, 2023 - 12:00am
Five “agreed locations” had been previously designated for American military facilities to be established inside Philippine military bases.
US, Phl mull potential restoration of bases
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Invoking the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty – acknowledging and repeatedly stressing its applicability in the West Philippine Sea (a Philippine proposition earlier rejected by the Obama administration) –...
Trumpets and drums: selling the Phl at Davos
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Before boarding the plane last Sunday to Switzerland to participate in the 2023 World Economic Forum at Davos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said:
Search deal with China now voided: a back story
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 14, 2023 - 12:00am
It took almost 15 years to come up.
Promised ‘compromise’ on fishing not good enough
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 7, 2023 - 12:00am
“It wasn’t exactly the bacon that President Marcos was expected to bring home.”
More good tidings from the SC in the new year
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 31, 2022 - 12:00am
With the year 2022 about to end, another bright prospect for enhancing the protection of our basic rights comes to us courtesy of the Supreme Court.
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