September 18, 2014     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Parallel episodes of political repression

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Déjà vu! That’s what instantly crossed my mind after reading the documents sent to me: South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration has arrested, charged and prosecuted an opposition legislator allegedly for plotting to overthrow the government. It also seeks to dissolve his political party and

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Impeachment proceedings against P-Noy: A postscript

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Voting uniformly three times — 54 no, 4 yes, 0 abstain — on sufficiency in substance of each of the three verified complaints filed against President...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

People’s initiative: Challenges and responses

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Definitively, the nationwide sign-up campaign for a trailblazing people’s initiative bill to abolish the pork barrel system and, through its penal provisions, to “exact accountability for...

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Abolish the pork barrel via people’s initiative

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The controversies that have arisen from the Supreme Court’s consecutive rulings on the unconstitutionality of the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund of legislators) and the DAP...

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Palparan prosecution: A step to check impunity

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Finally retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. — tagged as “the Butcher” for his long record of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings and enforced...

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

State workers protest against DAP, new taxes

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star They’re vexed, and justly they protest. After President Aquino warned of a clash between the executive and the judiciary— vehemently defending his Disbursement Acceleration Program and...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Israel, US complicit in spurring Gaza war

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Now on its 26th day, the Israeli war against the Hamas militants in Gaza — the third since Hamas won the 2006 elections in that densely-populated...

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Prop up the ARMM, water down the BBL

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The title sums up what could be a devious game plan for the Aquino government as it seeks a conclusion to its peace talks with the...

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Hasty, tactless move to dispute DAP ruling

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star It appears that President Aquino acted hastily and tactlessly when he decided to publicly defend the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) and dispute the Supreme Court’s unanimous...

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Honoring agreements in peace negotiations

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last week’s column dwelt on the serious conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front arising from Malacanang’s “heavy dilution” of the draft Bangsamoro...

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Is the government ‘spoiling’ its accord with the MILF?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Besieged by the threat of an impeachment complaint to be filed against him before he delivers his fifth state-of-the-nation address on July 28 — stemming from...

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