AT GROUND LEVEL
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”...
Why teachers protest on World Teachers’ Day
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Today, Oct. 5, educators across the globe will observe World Teachers’ Day.
Is a firmer gov’t stance forming vis-à-vis China?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr., in New York this week to address the United Nations General Assembly in behalf of the Duterte government, made two significant remarks about China.
Exasperated on corruption, Duterte opts to ‘coast along’
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am
“Nagsawa na ako. Nasusuka na ako,” President Duterte complained in one Cabinet meeting, expressing exasperation over corruption and red tape, while beleaguered with myriad other problems.
‘Non-stop,’ ‘all-out’ war grinds on vs CPP-NPA
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Once again, President Duterte on Tuesday ordered the AFP and the PNP to pursue an “all-out war” against the CPP-NPA. This time, he told reporters in Malacanang, there would be “no stopping”...
Peace consciousness: What do we mean exactly?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Since 2004 the Philippine government has quietly observed September as National Peace Consciousness Month, pursuant to Proclamation 675, issued by President Gloria M. Arroyo on July 20 that year.
Duterte to distribute all agricultural lands?
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 31, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte has vowed to “finally accomplish the ultimate goal” of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, started in 1988 by President Cory Aquino as her “centerpiece program.” ...
Anti-subversion law of 1957 revisited
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The law was designed to serve as the coup de grâce against the sagging communist movement in the Philippines.
AFP, PNP resurrect creepy memories
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am
On Dec. 4, 2018, President Duterte signed Executive Order 70 constituting a body, headed by himself, called “National Task Force (NTF) to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict.”
Duterte order on Negros raises still more questions
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 10, 2019 - 12:00am
There will never be a time when I will declare martial law (in Negros Oriental).
A second look into Negros Oriental killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 3, 2019 - 12:00am
In 2015, on the fifth year of the P-Noy administration’s counterinsurgency program (Oplan Bayanihan), the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared the province of Negros Oriental as a “conflict-manageable...
Spotlight once more on extrajudicial killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In his fourth state-of-the-nation address President Duterte didn’t say a word about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines that have shocked many all over the world.
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