At Ground Level

Mandela on armed struggle

By Satur C. Ocampo In homage to his physical resilience versus the logic of the inevitable, one wishes that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, will hold on at least until his 95th birthday on July 18. It is a certainty that he’ll live forever – as an exemplar of moral and political leadership, 

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Relinking with ICRC

By Satur C. Ocampo Last Thursday I had an hour-long discussion with Pascal Mauchle, the head of delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Philippines for over a year now. Mr. Mauchle initiated the meeting, and although it was our first conversation we seemed to hit it off immediately like friends 

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To P-Noy gov’t: Beware of ruinous Thatcher policies

By Satur C. Ocampo   With her death last Monday at 87, Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s only woman prime minister in office for a record 11 years (1979-1990) has re-stoked the debate over her legacy, both positive and negative, that continues to divide British society. Thatcher’s death “is mourned by half of the nation, and celebrated 

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Upside and downside of the national economy

By Satur C. Ocampo As expected, President Aquino and his economic team wax euphoric over the official report that the national economy expanded by 6.6% in 2012, from 3.9% growth rate in 2011. “It is a resounding affirmation of the Aquino administration’s fiscal strategy, backed as it is by our robust macroeconomic fundamentals and more 

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Gov’t lacks political will to go after the Marcoses

By Satur C. Ocampo One can understand Andres Bautista’s deep frustration in wanting to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government, which he has headed since October 2010, although — or because — it has failed to accomplish its two-pronged mandate, 27 years after President Cory Aquino created the PCGG through Executive Order No. 1. 

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People’s lawyering goes a long way back in history

By Satur C. Ocampo Apolinario Mabini, Jose Abad Santos, Claro M. Recto, Jose W. Diokno, and Lorenzo M. Tanada. What do these historical figures have in common? They were all lawyers and patriots, yes. Above and beyond that, at crucial junctures in Philippine history, these men proved to be “passionately committed people’s lawyers.” They serve 

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Jose ‘Ka Pepe’ Diokno, quintessential nationalist

By Satur C. Ocampo Tomorrow marks the 90th birthday of Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno: nationalist, human rights defender, progressive intellectual, and more. Had he lived as long as his colleague, Lorenzo “Ka Tanny” Tanada who, at 91, stood up from his wheelchair at the gallery to hail the Senate voting in 1991 that ended the 

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