April 02, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Monday, March 30th, 2015

P-Noy’s accountability on Mamasapano tragedy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “What decisions did I make? My decisions were based on information available to me at the time, and that’s how I want to be judged.” That’s how President Aquino premised his “tell-all” speech last Thursday about the tragic Oplan Exodus counterterrorism operation in Mamasapano,

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Confronting the ugly face of war in Maguindanao

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star For how long will the AFP pursue in Maguindanao its “all-out offensive” or the “war on terror” sequel to the tragic Oplan Exodus carried out in...

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Underdevelopment inertia

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Besides the slowdown in the growth of gross domestic product last year (to 6.1% from 7.2% in 2013), government economic planners have acknowledged that national poverty...

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Venezuela retaliates vs US interventionism

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Our struggle today, the historic battle of the Revolution and the Venezuelan people, is to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, a dark...

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...

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...

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