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AT GROUND LEVEL
How will the SC rule on the anti-terror law?
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 15, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Wednesday the Supreme Court wound down the oral arguments, which began in February, on the 37 petitions opposing the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 for being unconstitutional.
Vaccine patents protection should be waived
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Since last October, about 100 developing countries led by India and South Africa have been pressing the World Trade Organization to waive the protection on the patents and trade secrets of COVID-19 vaccines.
Refusing to forget Jonas
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Aktibista ako!” cried the young man as four armed men and a woman seized him, while he was having lunch at a fastfood place in a busy mall in Quezon City.
Community pantries don’t need military ‘help’
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 24, 2021 - 12:00am
Like all good ideas whose time has come, the Maginhawa community pantry in Quezon City has been replicating everywhere, not only in Metro Manila but in many areas of Luzon and the Visayas.
Presidential will needed against China incursions
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Smugness, or a misplaced sense of self-satisfaction despite the swelling discontent expressed by various sectors, has generally characterized President Duterte’s administration as it deals, or fails to deal,...
Nini Quezon-Avanceña, a feisty fighter, turns 100
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 10, 2021 - 12:00am
Soft-spoken yet a feisty fighter for human rights, social justice and peace, Nini Quezon-Avanceña turned 100 years old yesterday.
Positive steps to address extrajudicial killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Fourteen years ago, alarmed by the mounting incidences of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the country under the Gloria M. Arroyo administration, the Supreme Court, then headed by Chief Justice...
Positive steps to address extrajudicial killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Fourteen years ago, alarmed by the mounting incidences of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the country under the Gloria M. Arroyo administration, the Supreme Court, then headed by Chief Justice...
SC pressed to protect people’s rights, freedoms
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Amid the national outrage and international concern raised over the March 7 “Bloody Sunday” killing of nine activists in the Southern Tagalog region, urgent calls are being addressed to the Supreme Court...
‘Something’s terribly wrong’
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 13, 2021 - 12:00am
An ecumenical group of influential religious leaders has signed a strong statement that sounded a clear call to the people to oppose the Duterte government’s unrelenting attacks on unarmed activists.
Rights violations in wars vs insurgency, illegal drugs
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Criticized for its muddled, bumbling response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duterte government has been trying to rev up its two priority wars – against insurgency and against illegal drugs – in the remaining...
‘Oplan Tokhang’ applied in counterinsurgency?
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 27, 2021 - 12:00am
I am seriously considering the recommendations to criminalize red tagging as long as such legislation will not infringe on the Bill of Rights involving freedom of speech and expression.
Government must stop trying to crush bakwit schools
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 20, 2021 - 12:00am
First the Philippine National Police dubbed it as a “rescue” mission.
Myanmar anti-coup protests broadening
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 13, 2021 - 12:00am
This past week, thousands of people in Myanmar have been going out daily to join street protests – in the capital Naypyitaw, the commercial center Yangon and in cities and towns nationwide – as support...
Terror law plays out as SC conducts hearings
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Taking advantage of the absence of a temporary restraining order or equivalent issuance by the Supreme Court, as prayed for in the 37 petitions questioning the constitutionality of the highly controversial Anti-Terrorism...
Lowest dip in economy, lagging in COVID-19 response
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Official statistics now affirm what the people – particularly the poor and the middle class, and the small and medium enterprises – have been feeling on the ground in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: In...
UP-DND accord rooted in mutual trust, respect
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 23, 2021 - 12:00am
“Appalled and dismayed” was how the eminent political scientist Jose V. Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, described his reaction after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unilaterally...
Questions, questions surround vaccine plan
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 16, 2021 - 12:00am
We are not forcing anybody to join.
Unauthorized vaccination probe must be completed
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 9, 2021 - 12:00am
Good news! Despite President Duterte’s ordering the Presidential Security Group not to obey Senate summons for an investigation, the Food and Drug Administration persists in finding out how the unregistered...
Duterte as whistle-blower: How will vaccine probe end?
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Did President Duterte blow the whistle?
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