Category: At Ground Level

SC ruling on Marcos burial stokes anew public protests

The Supreme Court’s majority ruling (9-5-1) has upheld President Duterte’s oral order to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to bury the remains of former president-turned-dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The alleged aim is “national unity and healing.” Instead it has stoked anew public protests and indignation across the nation…

China, Japan back-to-back visits part of policy design

Behind the bluster and expletive-laced pronouncements of President Duterte, he is gradually giving shape to his avowed independent foreign policy – away from dependence on the United States. In this regard, his back-to-back official visits to China and Japan, and their reported results, provide an initial insight into how he aims to construct the policy…

Facets of injustice in US justice system

This week I came across the interesting stories of two political prisoners. Both served as soldiers under separate American wars of intervention but subsequently, for different reasons, turned against the US government. Both were arrested, and their experiences provide insights into the downside of America’s much-vaunted claims to uphold human rights and its justice system.…

Amnesty can bolster GRP-NDFP peace talks

Marking his 100th day in office today with a “very good” 64% net satisfaction rating (per the Sept. 24-27 SWS nationwide survey), President Duterte can justifiably feel emboldened to pursue more resolutely his key initiatives towards instituting changes in the untenable status quo. One key initiative is the resumption of the long-stalled GRP-NDFP peace talks,…

Life and survival under martial law

At this time of the year since 2011, I have written in this space a piece about martial law and the Marcos dictatorship. Mostly I have ruminated on the wrong decisions by the Cory Aquino government that have, since then, allowed the pernicious imprint of martial law – military and police abuses, extrajudicial killings, enforced…