AT GROUND LEVEL
‘Social prosperity,’ not just GDP growth, needed
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 22, 2020 - 12:00am
More than their counterparts in previous administrations, the Duterte government’s economic team has been fixated on pursuing neoliberal globalization policies and programs – liberalization, deregulation,...
Groups raise red-tagging cases to CHR, Ombudsman
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Protectors of the people against the abuses and excesses by those in positions of power.
Free haircuts and such: ‘Peace and development’?
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 8, 2020 - 12:00am
What’s the Duterte government’s plan, midway in its six-year term, for attaining that elusive goal of peace and development?
Government revs up efforts to repress dissent
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 1, 2020 - 12:00am
Two international bodies are all set this year to conduct parallel investigations into charges of human rights violations by the Duterte government, including the extrajudicial killings which have drawn worldwide...
Three 50th anniversariesand what each is telling us
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Think about thought-provoking coincidences. In the second half of this month, beginning the third decade of the 21st century, three 50th anniversaries are being observed by three diverse interest groups.
2 Duterte advisers try to discredit, reject CASER
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The most reasonable expectation for those avidly awaiting the resumption of the GRP-NDFP formal peace negotiations – which President Duterte had unilaterally “terminated” in November 2017 but which,...
Reminding Duterte of his vow to fulfill agrarian reform
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Sometimes it takes a foreign publication to bring important Philippine problems to the attention of the world. It’s a reminder even to us that besides the horrendous traffic, the continuing casualties of the...
Ceasefire is holding, peace talks likely to resume
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 4, 2020 - 12:00am
One source of optimism and hope in the new year is that, thus far, the 15-day reciprocal unilateral ceasefire between the AFP and the NPA, which ends three days from now, is holding.
Peace talks must resume despite ceasefire imbroglio
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Above the din of blaming and vituperations in the imbroglio on alleged violations at the start of the unilateral-reciprocal ceasefire declarations separately issued, first by the National Democratic Front and then...
The protests in Chile and government’s response
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Since I wrote here last month on how the people of Chile – Latin America’s top nation in per capita income – rose up in protest in Santiago, the capital, over a 3.7 percent increase in subway train...
Peace talks to resume, but challenges remain
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 14, 2019 - 12:00am
“Back to negotiations for the GRP and NDFP?” I wrote last week in this space, and answering my own question, I said that we may have to wait for the outcome of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s...
Back to negotiations for the GRP and NDFP?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 7, 2019 - 12:00am
There can never be a statement that would end with finality in everything that you say in public.
‘Weaponizing the law, criminalizing dissent’
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Two luminaries of the legal profession have attached their names to a statement issued on November 27 by the Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties strongly condemning and protesting the “baseless and unfounded...
‘Not really bloody’ but unjust, repressive
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 23, 2019 - 12:00am
In August President Duterte vowed to distribute all agricultural lands equitably through a “unique brand of agrarian reform” to accomplish the program’s primary aim: “uphold the welfare of...
‘Coup’ in Bolivia raises deep questions
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 16, 2019 - 12:00am
One after the other, starting in early October, three nations in South America have been engulfed by massive street protests that shook their governments.
Planting guns as ‘evidence’an old AFP-PNP trick
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 9, 2019 - 12:00am
On the night of Oct. 31, joint AFP-PNP security forces simultaneously raided the offices of progressive organizations in Bacolod City, including Bagong Alyansang Makabayan , Bayan Muna, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Karapatan,...
Chile protests continue,demand deeper changes
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Two weeks ago, you read in this space about how nationwide protests choked the capital of Ecuador, a small developing country in South America, pushing the country’s chief executive out of the presidential...
OPAPP affirms EO 70 as a barrier to peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 26, 2019 - 12:00am
In a letter to the editor printed on this page last Oct 22, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, headed by retired AFP chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., sought to dispute the theme of my piece...
Indigenous protests oust governments in Ecuador
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Unreported in our national media, massive protests have engulfed the capital of a small Central American country over the past two weeks, forcing the government to accept their demand not to comply with an economic...
Duterte order sets peace process barriers
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 12, 2019 - 12:00am
After abruptly terminating the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations in November 2017 – just when, according to his then peace adviser Jesus G. Dureza, “Never before have we all reached this far in our negotiations”...
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