AT GROUND LEVEL
Need to rethink EO 70, ‘National Peace Framework’
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The bungled witch hunt by intelligence units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) only reflects – in their implementation – the brutish style with which...
The periphery protests in France and beyond
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 5, 2019 - 12:00am
For seven Saturdays straight till Dec. 29, the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) continued their protest in Paris and other cities in France.
Can reconciliation gain impetus in the new year?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 29, 2018 - 12:00am
"As we take part in the festivities during this joyous occasion, may we also contemplate on the wealth of lessons we can learn from the narrative of the Savior’s birth to the calls of compassion, kindness and...
I feel the goodwill of the common people
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Days before Christmas, presidential ranting has continued to rain negative feelings of enmity, ridicule, and vilification against a broad range of critics of government policies and actions or inactions.
Is martial law extension constitutionally justified?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Upon President Duterte’s behest, the Senate and the House in joint session last Wednesday voted to again extend martial law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao....
DepEd upholds lumad school
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 8, 2018 - 12:00am
The Department of Education last Tuesday issued a statement that it “did not order the closure of any school serving indigenous people’s learners.”
A look into the rise of populism in Europe
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 24, 2018 - 12:00am
In the last 20 years (1998-2018), public support for populist parties in Europe has risen three times over.
Duterte mulls resuming GRP-NDFP peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 17, 2018 - 12:00am
When he returns from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea (Nov. 17-18), President Duterte said he would announce if he would meet with Fidel V. Agcaoili and Luis...
People’s lawyers face false charges, Red-tagging, murder
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Tuesday night, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos, who assisted the families of the nine farm workers massacred in a Sagay City hacienda on Oct. 20, was gunned down by a tandem of motorcycle-riding men near...
Duterte pushes harsh drive vs armed militants
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Convening the National Security Council’s executive committee last Tuesday at the Ebuen military airbase in Cebu, President Duterte issued orders to push harder state actions against the Left revolutionary...
Duterte’s ominous stance on bungkalan, Sagay killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 27, 2018 - 12:00am
Too bad, that even before the massacre of nine farm workers in Sagay, Negros Occidental has been thoroughly investigated, President Duterte is already echoing the military and police line.
Revisiting how the partylist system is implemented
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 20, 2018 - 12:00am
After being roundly criticized, two high-profile officials were recently shoved out of Malacañang – presidential spokesman Harry Roque and assistant presidential communication secretary Mocha Uson –...
Gut issues plague gov’t: Rice problem topmost
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Gut issues, topped by fast-rising inflation led by spikes in the price of rice and other foods, hit the people hard in September.
Duterte orders soldiers: ‘Shoot first, don’t worry’
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 6, 2018 - 12:00am
As the Armed Forces of the Philippines recklessly and irresponsibly continued to drum up its canard of a “Red October” plot to oust President Duterte (which he first disclosed after returning from official...
‘Red October’ plot canard
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the past week, President Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, with puerile collaboration by the Philippine National Police, have tried to drum up as “real” their conjured plot to oust...
Comeuppance for a brutal, unrepentant HR violator
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Evidently scared of getting physically harmed, he was brought to court handcuffed, wearing a combat helmet while closely secured by Philippine Army soldiers he once commanded.
Import more food to reduce inflation?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Just as the rice harvesting season begins, Super Typhoon Ompong is predicted to hit food-basket Cagayan Valley today.
China-US military, trade rivalries heat up
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 8, 2018 - 12:00am
"China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States… There is no guarantee that the United States would win a future conflict with China.”
Tariffication not answer to rice supply, price ills
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Given our abundant arable lands and rich natural resources, we could grow enough of our own food, export those raw or processed products that we are unable to consume, and build an industrial economy.
Continuing killings and intensifying war
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 25, 2018 - 12:00am
After threatening to resign last week in an outburst of exasperation and claiming to be tired, he now says, “No, I will not resign!”
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