AT GROUND LEVEL
COVID-19 surge hastens vaccine development
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The renewed surge of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit countries across the world, with the number of cases globally spiking to 55.86 million and deaths due to the disease, at 1.33 million.
Can Biden heal a divided America and forge unity?
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Pressure is building up on US President Donald Trump to concede the clear victory of former Vice President Joseph Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential race.
Who’s fooling whom in anti-Left task force?
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 7, 2020 - 12:00am
It was an interesting scene that unfolded at the initial hearing on red-tagging at the Senate last Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Pushback slows down red-tagging spree
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 31, 2020 - 12:00am
It seems that time is up for reckoning on the crude, arrogant and irresponsible red-tagging campaign, waged mainly by the military and police at the behest of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed...
Duterte’s new tack on drug killings: take the rap
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Several times in the last four years, whenever he talked about his “war on drugs” carried out by the Philippine National Police and the thousands of killings attributed to it, President Duterte insistently...
‘Yes, we can’ — two women activists show how
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 17, 2020 - 12:00am
A lot of dire scenarios have been drawn up about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discredited accusation repeated after 14 years
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week I wrote about President Duterte’s principal adviser on intelligence owning up before Congress that he had shared posts on social media from four spurious Facebook pages, without verifying the source...
Does dubious intel input guide policy-making?
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 3, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s a legitimate public concern to raise such a question, in light of what the designated “principal adviser to the President on intelligence” has owned up to: that he had been sharing posts on...
Actions urged to follow Duterte’s speech at UN
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Going by the publicized reactions – both commending and criticizing – President Duterte’s first speech delivered online before the United Nations General Assembly last Wednesday, positive actions...
Closer scrutiny of human rights in the Phl
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The United Nations wouldn’t just let matters stay as they have been for so long.
Huge anti-insurgency fund amid Covid-19, poverty rise
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 12, 2020 - 12:00am
The 2021 national budget says a lot about what the Duterte administration is really concerned with.”
As pandemic rages, human rights struggles press on
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Amid Covid-19’s unrelenting rampage across the world, peoples are asserting and defending their rights, and fighting against the abuses, corruption and impunity of state power. The task remains as crucial,...
Déjà vu: Stop the Killings campaign given new push
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 29, 2020 - 12:00am
The sustained surge of international condemnations and calls for justice and independent investigations on the extrajudicial killings, this month, of peasant leader and peace consultant Randall Echanis and Negros...
Gov’t body to probe killings; can it ever deliver justice?
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 22, 2020 - 12:00am
The Department of Justice has announced that an interagency body will investigate the extrajudicial killings, carried out one week apart this month, of peasant leader and peace consultant Randall Echanis, 71, and...
Injustices vs a man who fought for social justice
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Like many other militant activists since the Marcos dictatorship, Randall Echanis survived repeated acts of injustice against his person, by state authorities and military/police agents.
Committed to human rights, basic reforms and just peace
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Today, Aug. 8, this column pauses to pay respect to a man, born to a family of means and comfort, who opted to devote his life to the struggle for fundamental reforms and fight for the rights and welfare of the impoverished,...
Government candor needed in fight vs COVID-19
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 1, 2020 - 12:00am
What disappointed a wide range of people in President Duterte’s state of the nation address last Monday, among others, was the apparent lack of candor in presenting clearly the state and direction of the government’s...
Anti-terror law alarms a wide range of groups
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 25, 2020 - 12:00am
As of last Thursday, at least 16 petitions had already been filed before the Supreme Court, asking it to strike down the new Anti-Terrorism Act (RA 11479) – either in its entirety or several of its provisions...
What makes a rebel different from a terrorist
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The new Anti-Terrorism Act, which takes effect tomorrow, July 19, is being challenged before the Supreme Court by eight petitions so far filed by different groups.
Ambivalence toward the Left and peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Over the last four years of Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s presidency, we may have gotten used to seeing, hearing, or reading about how he has tended to say one thing and, in the same instance, he walks back on that...
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