Anti-terrorism law not intended vs CPP-NPA
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Yesterday the Regional Trial Court Branch 19 in Manila began hearing a motion, filed in my behalf by the Public Interest Law Center (PILC)...
Implementing CARHRIHL is more relevant than ever
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Yesterday, March 16, marked the 20th year since the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law between the peace negotiating panels of the Government of...
No China ‘co-ownership’ of Philippines marine resources
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week President Duterte announced that his administration was considering China’s offer to jointly explore an undisputed Philippine territory for potential energy deposits.
Counterinsurgency to counterterrorism?
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the last 20 months of the Duterte government, we have seen Executive policy being drawn up from statements or remarks made by the President in his cuss-laden off-the-cuff speeches – more often than not...
Muddled thinking on armed conflict and the peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 24, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte and his advisers have sunk deeper into muddled thinking, to say the least, in addressing the government’s nearly 50 years of war with the Left revolutionary movement and the peace negotiations...
A would-be autocrat model
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 17, 2018 - 12:00am
That’s how The New York Times billed this head of state in a front-page article early this week. How so?
‘Dictator’ Duterte’s candor and his other revelations
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Credit his crude or brutal candor, beyond his many contradictory or flip-flopping pronouncements on a wide range of issues.
Declining adherence to the rule of law
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Among 113 countries surveyed in 2017 on adherence to the rule of law, the Philippines emerged with the biggest drop in ranking – from 70th to 88th (or 25th from the bottom).
Bullying tactics on con-ass, stiff stalemate on voting
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 20, 2018 - 12:00am
Through bullying tactics the House “super-majority” last Tuesday approved, by a voice vote (“ayes” and “nays”), Concurrent Resolution No. 9 which calls for Congress to act as constituent...
Differing views on con-ass may check federalism rush
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Two conflicting viewpoints have arisen on how Congress can transform itself into a constituent assembly, as prescribed by the 1987 Constitution, to amend or revise the Charter and enable a shift from a unitary to...
Solons prioritize federalism, but how about the BBL?
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 6, 2018 - 12:00am
As the new year began, the leaders of both chambers of Congress have been talking of prioritizing the shift to a federal system of government by convening the Senate and the House of Representatives into a constituent...
Empathy at Christmas, concerns in the new year
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 30, 2017 - 12:00am
Three Facebook postings I read on Christmas eve tugged at my heart and triggered in my mind parallel and kindred recollections and sympathetic responses.
Double-whammy acts by Congress in one day
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
On Dec. 13, on its last session day before the holiday break, the 17th Congress of the Philippines, dominated by the “super-majorities” of President Duterte’s political allies, took two controversial...
Points to ponder on Proclamation 374
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
By signing Proclamation No. 374 last Dec. 5, President Duterte has formally declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as a “designated/identified terrorist organization”...
President Duterte is gaming the GRP-NDFP peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Today up to Nov. 27, the fifth round of formal negotiations in the GRP-NDFP peace talks had been scheduled to take place in Oslo, Norway.
Caution raised: Don’t depend on US military
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
“Let me state it publicly here and now, wala akong problema sa America (I have no problem with America)… We remain to be the best of friends with America.”
On farmers’ appeal for land and justice, Duterte is mum
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
For ten days (Oct. 16-25) peasants from Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon motored, sailed, and trekked to the National Capital Region in what they called “Pambansang Lakbayan ng Magsasaka para sa Lupa at Laban sa...
Like Marcos and Arroyo, Duterte errs on rebellion
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
The late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos was touted to be a brilliant lawyer. Rodrigo R. Duterte, who idolizes the tyrant, prides himself on having been a prosecutor. But as the country’s presidents, each in his...
Astute one step back on anti-drug campaign
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
Apparently stung by the steep drops in his satisfaction and trust ratings, as shown by the latest Social Weather Stations survey, President Duterte has taken a one-step backward in his widely criticized and condemned...
A conspiracy specter, retreat from peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sensing that his ground base of support has been softening, President Duterte is conjuring a specter of conspiracy to oust him from power.
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