AT GROUND LEVEL
COVID-19 cases exceed 5 M; doubt raised over vaccines
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 23, 2020 - 12:00am
With a single-day record increase of 106,000 last Wednesday, the world’s total reported COVID-19 infections have exceeded five million confirmed cases, with the death toll nearing 330,000.
‘Government must respect the people, for trust to happen’
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the effects of drastic and severe measures adopted by governments in their bid to stanch the spread of infection, is giving rise to a mental illness crisis...
Withdraw bid to buy $1.5 billion war goods from US
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Quite a bad timing for the United States State Department, given the still globally surging COVID-19 pandemic and the International Monetary Fund’s projection of a 3 percent global economic contraction.
Helping feed the poor, Iloilo activist is shot dead
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It shouldn’t have shocked me, but it did. And having had to stay at home under the long COVID-19 lockdown, I am deeply saddened… and, justifiably, angry.
‘Covid-19 is also a human rights crisis’
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 25, 2020 - 12:00am
While it started as a public health emergency, the new coronavirus pandemic is rapidly turning into a human rights crisis, warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a report released on Thursday....
WHO gets global backing, leaving Trump in isolation
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 18, 2020 - 12:00am
US President Donald Trump this week received a resounding global rebuke for suspending America’s funding for the World Health Organization amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
In fighting COVID-19, don’t forget those behind bars
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 4, 2020 - 12:00am
“Only by coming together will the world be able to face down the COVID-19 pandemic and its shattering consequences…
Global united action begins against COVID-19
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 28, 2020 - 12:00am
The number of new coronavirus infections has exceeded 500,000 persons worldwide, with more than 22,000 deaths resulting from it – but with 117,000 patients recovered.
Covid-19 global impacts are grim as well as bright
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The surge of the new coronavirus infection, code-named COVID-19, continues unabated on a global scale.
Gutsy human rights team does its work in UNHRC
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Note: I yield this space to the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines delegation to the ongoing 43rd session in Geneva of the United Nations Human Rights Council .
How far will Duterte go on VFA, peace talks issues?
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Among all of his declared objectives – or promised “legacies” to the people – at the beginning of his presidency in 2016, Rodrigo R. Duterte has shown singular persistence and obduracy in...
Twisting EDSA 1986 to suit NTF-ELCAC's goals
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Central to the remembrance of EDSA [1986] is its historic role in the attainment of genuine peace and democracy in the country.
‘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.
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