AT GROUND LEVEL
Exasperated on corruption, Duterte opts to ‘coast along’
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am
“Nagsawa na ako. Nasusuka na ako,” President Duterte complained in one Cabinet meeting, expressing exasperation over corruption and red tape, while beleaguered with myriad other problems.
‘Non-stop,’ ‘all-out’ war grinds on vs CPP-NPA
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Once again, President Duterte on Tuesday ordered the AFP and the PNP to pursue an “all-out war” against the CPP-NPA. This time, he told reporters in Malacanang, there would be “no stopping”...
Peace consciousness: What do we mean exactly?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Since 2004 the Philippine government has quietly observed September as National Peace Consciousness Month, pursuant to Proclamation 675, issued by President Gloria M. Arroyo on July 20 that year.
Duterte to distribute all agricultural lands?
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 31, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte has vowed to “finally accomplish the ultimate goal” of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, started in 1988 by President Cory Aquino as her “centerpiece program.” ...
Anti-subversion law of 1957 revisited
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The law was designed to serve as the coup de grâce against the sagging communist movement in the Philippines.
AFP, PNP resurrect creepy memories
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am
On Dec. 4, 2018, President Duterte signed Executive Order 70 constituting a body, headed by himself, called “National Task Force (NTF) to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict.”
Duterte order on Negros raises still more questions
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 10, 2019 - 12:00am
There will never be a time when I will declare martial law (in Negros Oriental).
A second look into Negros Oriental killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 3, 2019 - 12:00am
In 2015, on the fifth year of the P-Noy administration’s counterinsurgency program (Oplan Bayanihan), the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared the province of Negros Oriental as a “conflict-manageable...
Spotlight once more on extrajudicial killings
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In his fourth state-of-the-nation address President Duterte didn’t say a word about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines that have shocked many all over the world.
Everyone loses if schools shut down
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The Department of Education’s order to suspend the operations of 55 lumad schools, mostly in Davao del Norte, is the latest challenge in the Mindanao indigenous people’s struggle to keep running their...
UN human rights body presses Phl gov’t on EJKs
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 13, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past three years, close to 40 nations have been signing a resolution, initiated by Iceland, expressing concern over the rising number of killings related to President Duterte’s “war on drugs.”...
Climate crisis: Peoples act while governments falter
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 6, 2019 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, used as we are to tropical heat such as the long dry spell of recent weeks, global warming doesn’t seem to be the huge problem that it is in other countries where wild fires and extreme...
Why not try using our seasoned diplomats?
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 29, 2019 - 12:00am
The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.”
Outrage, shame and accountability
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 22, 2019 - 12:00am
For almost two weeks now, the midnight “maritime incident” near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea has exercised to a considerable degree the Filipinos’ collective sense of outrage, then of outrage...
Much loose talk over Phl boat sinking in WPS
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 15, 2019 - 12:00am
No doubt it is a serious matter that should be urgently and carefully resolved, through the appropriate international mechanisms and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS), between...
Sweden reaches out to partner on core values
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Human rights, gender equality, freedom of speech, environmental protection, and fighting climate change.
Protecting dissent: Writs of amparo, habeas data
by Satur C. Ocampo - June 1, 2019 - 12:00am
For the second time last month, the Supreme Court took steps to make use of two writs that may offer significant protection to political and social activists facing threats to their lives, liberty and security because...
Continuing questions on automated elections
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 25, 2019 - 12:00am
The proclamation by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of the winners in the senatorial and partylist elections held on May 13 may have been generally accepted by the public.
Militant partylist bloc retains niche in House
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 18, 2019 - 12:00am
As I write this piece, the Comelec has yet to complete the canvassing and announce the official results of the senatorial and partylist elections in the May 13 midterm elections.
Two crucial stakes in May 13 elections
by Satur C. Ocampo - May 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Political pundits generally view the mid-term national (legislative) and local (executive-legislative) elections on Monday, May 13, as a referendum on the performance of the Duterte administration in the first half...
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