July 31, 2014     Philippines
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At Ground Level

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 Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The negotiations have produced a Framework Agreement and a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

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...

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Foreign investments: Why change the Charter?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In terms of growth in foreign direct investment inflows among the six “major” economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Philippines was on top...

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Labor contractualization: A 25-year bane to workers

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Since 1989, under the amended Labor Code, labor contractualization — hiring workers for short-term, non-regular employment without the benefits accorded by law to regular workers —...

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Is China beginning to become a superpower?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Why does China — the world’s second largest economy — behave like the neighborhood bully, specifically towards the Philippines and Vietnam with which it has maritime...

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Handling our sea dispute with China

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Invoking the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and seeking resolution to our maritime dispute with China via the arbitral tribunal provided under the...

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

A departure, a wake

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Six months before her 104th birthday my mother, Cecilia Cunanan Ocampo, quietly breathed her last at dawn on May 24. She passed away where she had...

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Standing by, defending the Talaingod Manobo

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star They’re at it again, or rather, they haven’t stopped doing it. Over the past two months they have been doing the same in Talaingod, Davao del...

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

In capitalist China workers wage strikes

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Capitalists will always be capitalists!” This utterance, by a factory worker in Dongguan (Guangdong, China), encapsulates the seething contempt of China’s workers towards their foreign employers,...

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