January 31, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

The Mendiola Massacre, other issues of justice, peace

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Peasants and their supporters marched anew to Mendiola last Thursday to commemorate the 28th year of the Mendiola Massacre (Jan. 22, 1987). Again they cried for justice, primarily for the 13 farmer-marchers killed by lethal volleys from state troops and police. Among them were

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Political detainees on hunger strike: in 2015, in 1980-81

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last Tuesday, as the nation prepared to welcome Pope Francis, 491 political detainees in 43 jails across the country went on a hunger strike that’ll run...

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Gov’t needs to create more and better jobs

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last Tuesday this paper’s front page featured the Philippines as having moved up from being 90th to 82nd in Forbes’ 2014 “Best Countries for Business” list...

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Can GPH-NDFP peace talks gain ground in 2015?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Only 18 months remain of President Aquino’s six-year term. He bows out in July 2016. In the new-year spirit of fulfilling a resolution — or an...

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Impunity will persist on CIA torture, killings

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Somehow it comes as a surprise, if not a let-down. Reacting to the US Senate intelligence committee report which condemns the CIA’s extensive use of torture...

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Torture in US, Philippines: We need to be outraged

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Torture — including the most brutal type used by state security forces on suspected “enemies of the state” — is back in media focus both in...

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Better for the US to stop costly wars, nuke upgrade

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The American people ought to realize — and critically respond to — the dangers involved in two directions of national-security policy that their government is pursuing:...

Monday, December 1st, 2014

A lot isn’t going well for the American people

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri and the spontaneous protests across the United States – spurred by a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white...

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Mindanao people bring their issues to Mendiola

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star They’ve had enough under the Aquino government. People in Mindanao are outraged. Here’s why: Altogether 55 Philippine Army infantry battalions, backed up by the PNP and...

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Hda. Luisita massacre: No justice after 10 years

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Tomorrow, Nov. 16, marks 10 years since the Hacienda Luisita Massacre happened at the controversial landed estate in Tarlac “owned” by the family of President Aquino....

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Lumad children’s cry: ‘Save our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Og iskwela puron…” In Talaingod Manobo, “I wish to go to school…” Thus do the lumad (indigenous people) children express their eagerness for education, firmly supported...

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