AT GROUND LEVEL
Broader ‘People’s SONA’ to confront President Duterte
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 21, 2018 - 12:00am
As he delivers his third state-of-the-nation address this Monday, President Duterte will face a much broader range of opposition forces – converging in a “United People’s SONA” – than...
Impunity scope widens; peace talks imperilled
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Regular readers of the Philippine STAR have surely taken note of this paper’s series of editorials this week (the first week of President Duterte’s third year in office) dwelling on impunity and the rising...
Duterte’s ‘erratic, crass’ style is woe for the people
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Today marks the completion of President Duterte’s first two years in office.
Deeper look into why gov’t postponed the peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 23, 2018 - 12:00am
For now it looks like the fifth formal round of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations under the current administration – bilaterally set for June 28-30 but unilaterally postponed indefinitely by President Duterte...
Duterte: Delay peace talks, ‘engage’ the public first
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 16, 2018 - 12:00am
In April, President Duterte called for resuming the GRP-NDFP peace talks he had arbitrarily “terminated” in November.
Lots of bigger problems besides the kiss in Seoul
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 9, 2018 - 12:00am
It was “pure showbiz,” meant to entertain the crowd of Filipino expatriates who had been gathered to meet him in Seoul after his arrival there last Sunday, on an official visit to South Korea.
Duterte explains why he relies on the military
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 2, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte’s speech last Wednesday at the change-of-command ceremony of the Presidential Security Command at Malacanang Park carried a sense of lightness, even of goodwill throughout. He let out his...
A disturbing proposal on martial law imposition
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 26, 2018 - 12:00am
May 23, 2017 marked the beginning of two catastrophes that befell the people of Mindanao; one year later, the harsh impact on their daily lives and the profound trauma in their individual and collective psyche seem...
Angara on Duterte; Duterte on peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Two weeks before he died unexpectedly last Sunday, Edgardo J. Angara, former president of the Senate and the University of the Philippines, who will be interred in his hometown Baler tomorrow, shared some food for...
US withdrawal from Iran nuke deal’s ill consequences
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 12, 2018 - 12:00am
On May 8, President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from a 2015 agreement between six major nations and Iran – called the “Iran deal” for short – aimed at ensuring...
Tightening Philippine military involvement with the US
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 5, 2018 - 12:00am
On May 7-18, the Duterte government will engage in its third Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States since October 2016.
DND, AFP are spoiling the peace talks resumption
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 28, 2018 - 12:00am
In his latest turnabout on the issue, President Duterte apparently seeks to convince the public that he is dead set on continuing the GRP-NDFP peace talks that he unilaterally “terminated” just before...
Duterte’s odd defense of Philippine sovereignty
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 21, 2018 - 12:00am
To undermine and treat the Philippines like a mattress to wipe with your feet… and you are a foreigner… that is something I will not… It is a violation of sovereignty.”
A ‘dirty and brutal war’ vs farmers in Mindanao
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Under martial law extended till the end of 2018 in the whole of Mindanao, the Duterte government has unleashed “a dirty and brutal war” against communities of farmers and indigenous peoples/national minorities...
At 79, I must still confront political persecution
by Satur C. Ocampo - April 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Today I turned 79 years old.
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...
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