March 04, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Govt shields US role in Mamasapano tragedy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star If you have monitored the Senate hearings on the January 25 Mamasapano tragedy and the media reportage, can you adjudge as truthful the government assertion that there was no American involvement in the planning and execution of Operation Plan Exodus to “take down” Zulkifli

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Key issues to settle in Mamasapano tragedy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The best step to quickly resolve the many questions why the Mamasapano operation ended in tragedy is for President Aquino to forthrightly assume responsibility as President...

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Heart for the people

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star This morning I’ll join an intergenerational gathering of activists at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the First...

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

US hand in SAF tragedy confirmed

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Indeed the Americans did it. They planned, funded, and closely monitored the execution of “Operation Wolverine/Exodus” carried out last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by the...

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

American role in the botched SAF operation

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Oplan Wolverine.” That’s the name given to the operational plan to arrest or “neutralize” (meaning, kill) Malaysian Zulkifli bir Hir, alias Marwan – for whose capture,...

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...

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...

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