AT GROUND LEVEL
Militant partylist bloc retains niche in House
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 18, 2019 - 12:00am
As I write this piece, the Comelec has yet to complete the canvassing and announce the official results of the senatorial and partylist elections in the May 13 midterm elections.
Two crucial stakes in May 13 elections
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Political pundits generally view the mid-term national (legislative) and local (executive-legislative) elections on Monday, May 13, as a referendum on the performance of the Duterte administration in the first half...
Now red-tagged groups fight back via the courts
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In early March, they instantly came out with vigorous denials, condemning the ramped-up red-tagging campaign waged against them, here and in Europe, by the Duterte government.
Foreign partners support Karapatan vs. red-tagging
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 13, 2019 - 12:00am
“Karapatan will continue its human rights work, as it has done under perilous conditions for more than 20 years.
Deeper look into the slay of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Definitely justified are the strong public outrage and calls for impartial investigation into the killing last March 30 of 14 farmers, by police and military forces in joint day-long operations in Canlaon City and...
Distracting issue may mar the BARMM inauguration
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 30, 2019 - 12:00am
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, created under the Bangsamoro Organic Law, was inaugurated in Cotabato City yesterday.
Duterte yields GRP-NDFP peace talks to the military
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Back-to-back with the controversial withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that took effect on March 17, the following day President Duterte dismissed the government panel negotiating...
Facing up to drug war killings, Duterte turns to fatalism
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 16, 2019 - 12:00am
For the things I have said, ordered and done, I am willing to put my neck here.
Gender equality: Big gains under law but not enough
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Ten years ago, no country in the world gave women and men equal legal rights.
Government ramps up red-tagging, gets broad-range ripostes
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Putting to work its National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the Duterte government since last month has ramped up its red-tagging campaign against human rights defenders, militant people’s...
Rehabilitate Manila Bay sans reclamation projects
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 23, 2019 - 12:00am
There is probably no question that the Duterte government‘s 2017-2022 plan to clean up and rehabilitate the gravely polluted Manila Bay, at the cost of P43 billion, is a most welcome, although much-delayed,...
Higher social pension for poor senior citizens
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 16, 2019 - 12:00am
This week I had interesting interactions with senior citizens in some barangays of Quezon City, Manila, and the cities of Caloocan and Malabon.
2 remarkable modern-day women
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 9, 2019 - 12:00am
One was an editor of books and novels for 41 years, hailed by her peers as “the best editor in London,” who made a mark as prize-winning author mostly of her memoirs. Asserting and living out her independence...
Peace consultant killing raises serious questions
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 2, 2019 - 12:00am
He was fast asleep inside the bus, too tired perhaps to get out and stretch his legs during the stopover in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Global economy slows down as wealth inequality worsens
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 26, 2019 - 12:00am
As the elites of global capitalism converged this week for the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland’s Davos resort, they were presented with dim projections of world economic growth by three multilateral...
A case of illegal arrest and a trumped-up charge
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Almost a year after their warrantless arrest, detention and prosecution for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives, on Jan. 15 Rafael Baylosis and Roque Guillermo were ordered freed by a Quezon City...
Need to rethink EO 70, ‘National Peace Framework’
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The bungled witch hunt by intelligence units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) only reflects – in their implementation – the brutish style with which...
The periphery protests in France and beyond
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 5, 2019 - 12:00am
For seven Saturdays straight till Dec. 29, the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) continued their protest in Paris and other cities in France.
Can reconciliation gain impetus in the new year?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 29, 2018 - 12:00am
"As we take part in the festivities during this joyous occasion, may we also contemplate on the wealth of lessons we can learn from the narrative of the Savior’s birth to the calls of compassion, kindness and...
I feel the goodwill of the common people
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Days before Christmas, presidential ranting has continued to rain negative feelings of enmity, ridicule, and vilification against a broad range of critics of government policies and actions or inactions.
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