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Differing views on con-ass may check federalism rush
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Two conflicting viewpoints have arisen on how Congress can transform itself into a constituent assembly, as prescribed by the 1987 Constitution, to amend or revise the Charter and enable a shift from a unitary to...
Solons prioritize federalism, but how about the BBL?
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 6, 2018 - 12:00am
As the new year began, the leaders of both chambers of Congress have been talking of prioritizing the shift to a federal system of government by convening the Senate and the House of Representatives into a constituent...
Empathy at Christmas, concerns in the new year
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 30, 2017 - 12:00am
Three Facebook postings I read on Christmas eve tugged at my heart and triggered in my mind parallel and kindred recollections and sympathetic responses.
Double-whammy acts by Congress in one day
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
On Dec. 13, on its last session day before the holiday break, the 17th Congress of the Philippines, dominated by the “super-majorities” of President Duterte’s political allies, took two controversial...
Points to ponder on Proclamation 374
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
By signing Proclamation No. 374 last Dec. 5, President Duterte has formally declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as a “designated/identified terrorist organization”...
President Duterte is gaming the GRP-NDFP peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Today up to Nov. 27, the fifth round of formal negotiations in the GRP-NDFP peace talks had been scheduled to take place in Oslo, Norway.
Caution raised: Don’t depend on US military
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
“Let me state it publicly here and now, wala akong problema sa America (I have no problem with America)… We remain to be the best of friends with America.”
On farmers’ appeal for land and justice, Duterte is mum
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
For ten days (Oct. 16-25) peasants from Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon motored, sailed, and trekked to the National Capital Region in what they called “Pambansang Lakbayan ng Magsasaka para sa Lupa at Laban sa...
Like Marcos and Arroyo, Duterte errs on rebellion
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
The late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos was touted to be a brilliant lawyer. Rodrigo R. Duterte, who idolizes the tyrant, prides himself on having been a prosecutor. But as the country’s presidents, each in his...
Astute one step back on anti-drug campaign
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
Apparently stung by the steep drops in his satisfaction and trust ratings, as shown by the latest Social Weather Stations survey, President Duterte has taken a one-step backward in his widely criticized and condemned...
A conspiracy specter, retreat from peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sensing that his ground base of support has been softening, President Duterte is conjuring a specter of conspiracy to oust him from power.
Duterte gov’t adopts US ‘war on terror’ plan
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
The recently concluded (September 18-26) “low-key” US-Philippine joint military exercise, dubbed “Tempest Wind,” signals three interrelated foreboding situations:
Martial law should not be the option for Duterte
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
“Never again to martial law!” was the emphatic, defiant cry that resounded in all of the protest actions held nationwide last Thursday (Sept. 21), the 45th year of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ martial law...
Will national ID system finally make it as a law?
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
Last week, in the nth attempt over the last 29 years, proponents of a national identification system managed to get the House of Representatives to approve a bill instituting such a system in the country: 142 voted...
Two men who lived, fought for the ‘masa’-2
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
I wrote this piece for two reasons.
Looking back: The Hague Joint Declaration 25 years ago
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
The current administration…has not only inherited an accumulation of problems [social, economic, and political] but has adopted and implemented policies that aggravate these problems.
Broader protests against Duterte’s militaristic drift
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
President Duterte is turning more and more confrontational towards mounting criticisms and protest actions against his government’s bloody war on drugs, war against the Maute Group in Marawi, extended martial...
What lies behind CA rejection of Taguiwalo?
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
For over a year, Judy M. Taguiwalo performed her mandated duties as Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary with unquestioned integrity and competence.
Duterte’s militaristic drift bodes dire consequences
by Satur C. Ocampo - August 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Of course, during the presidential campaign last year he already talked in a favorable light about martial law and expressed sheer admiration for the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Door remains open for GRP-NDFP talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - July 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
President Duterte was more combative during his second state-of-the-nation address last Monday than was during his first SONA. Venting on his prime advocacy, the fight against illegal drugs, and against a wide range...
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