US military bases are back, via EDCA
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 25, 2023 - 12:00am
This week, the United States and the Philippine militaries – with enthusiastic support from Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – kick-started the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the 2014...
OPINION: US-Phl troops prepare for possible war with China
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Live-fire training, using naval artillery gunfire and aviation rockets and bombs to sink a vessel in the West Philippine Sea, where China continues its aggressive maneuvers.
Ecumenical church leaders plead for lasting peace
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 11, 2023 - 12:00am
“Engage in transforming conflict and building reconciliation communities.”
Nine years later, still no clarity on ‘EDCA sites’
by Satur C. Ocampo - March 4, 2023 - 12:00am
A news report on Thursday in Business Mirror that headlined “Senate grills defense brass on plans for EDCA expansion, sites” raised much curiosity for its sheer lack of detailed information. I found this...
US gained by saving the Marcoses in 1986
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 25, 2023 - 12:00am
The irony cannot be ignored.
Prudent DFA stance not to invoke MDT
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 18, 2023 - 12:00am
It was a prudent stance for the Department of Foreign Affairs that averted escalating the most recent tension sparked by China’s aggressive action in the West Philippine Sea.
US touts its aid to boost AFP modernization plan
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 11, 2023 - 12:00am
“An irreplaceable US ally for seven decades, the Philippines has been at the forefront of preserving the free and open regional order in Southeast Asia and the greater Indo-Pacific region.”
Is the US preparing for war, or deterring it?
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 4, 2023 - 12:00am
Five “agreed locations” had been previously designated for American military facilities to be established inside Philippine military bases.
US, Phl mull potential restoration of bases
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Invoking the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty – acknowledging and repeatedly stressing its applicability in the West Philippine Sea (a Philippine proposition earlier rejected by the Obama administration) –...
Trumpets and drums: selling the Phl at Davos
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Before boarding the plane last Sunday to Switzerland to participate in the 2023 World Economic Forum at Davos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said:
Search deal with China now voided: a back story
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 14, 2023 - 12:00am
It took almost 15 years to come up.
Promised ‘compromise’ on fishing not good enough
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 7, 2023 - 12:00am
“It wasn’t exactly the bacon that President Marcos was expected to bring home.”
More good tidings from the SC in the new year
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 31, 2022 - 12:00am
With the year 2022 about to end, another bright prospect for enhancing the protection of our basic rights comes to us courtesy of the Supreme Court.
Back home at Christmas, a foretaste of freedom
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 24, 2022 - 12:00am
The hugging, cheering and sighs of relief muffled the deep sense of injustice they had endured, from their post-midnight arrest in November 2019 through the following three years of detention by the police.
Will Marcos Jr. take up Maharlika Fund at Davos?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Before returning from the European Union-ASEAN Commemorative Summit held in Brussels – the latest of his seven official trips abroad since he assumed office in July – Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday...
Writ of kalayaan out soon to boost rights protection
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 10, 2022 - 12:00am
Observing International Human Rights Day today, we can look forward to one bright prospect: the writ of kalayaan, a new judicial mechanism that will boost the protection of our rights to life, liberty and security,...
‘Rule of justice’ goes beyond ‘rule of law’
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 3, 2022 - 12:00am
A short news item that recently appeared in one newspaper sparked an uncharacteristic jolt of optimism in human rights advocates like me.
DoJ chief blames insurgency for dismal HR situation
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 19, 2022 - 12:00am
First, the repeated denials: “Extrajudicial killing is not state policy; no state policy to attack, harass or intimidate human rights defenders, including environmental rights defenders, lawyers and other practitioners...
World body checks out holes in Phl HR record
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 12, 2022 - 12:00am
The Philippines signed the landmark International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on Dec. 6, 1966 and ratified it on Oct. 23, 1986. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, the treaty came into...
Long quest for justice and accountability
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 5, 2022 - 12:00am
“Despite not having any graves to offer candles and flowers, nor any idea about their whereabouts, we commemorate the memories and bravery of our friends and family members who were forcibly taken from us...
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