October 23, 2014     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Lifestyle gap and PNP corruption

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “I think that corruption is the heart of the problem,” writes a reader in reaction to last week’s column piece — regarding five cases of ordinary citizens arrested in joint AFP-PNP operations, using court warrants issued in the names of alleged CPP-NPA leaders with

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

‘Mistaken-identity’ arrests

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The AFP-PNP counterinsurgency forces have done it again: they arrested two elderly persons in Mexico, Pampanga whom they mistook for “top leaders” of the Communist Party...

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

US has responsibility for Islamic State rise

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Trapped in a vicious circle. That’s how the US government has found itself since George W. Bush started a “war on terror” by invading Afghanistan in...

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

US policy veers toward war, nuclear arms upgrade

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Just as the “daang matuwid” promised to us has been turning out to be a potholed, crooked one, it seems that Americans are finding out how...

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Looking back 30 years ago

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Tomorrow it will have been 42 years since Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law and began a 14-year fascist dictatorship. Once again, personal experiences will be...

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...

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...

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