AT GROUND LEVEL
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!”
Duterte, a confused and confusing president
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 18, 2018 - 12:00am
I have terminated the talks with the Reds – the Communist Party of the Philippines with [Jose Maria] Sison.
A resurrected case of political persecution
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 11, 2018 - 12:00am
First, I apologize to this column’s regular readers for my inability to come out with a piece in the past two weeks.
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...
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