Category: Opinion

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In the past several weeks thousands of families of informal settlers in the National Capital Region have had their houses or communities demolished or threatened to be demolished by the government and private business interests. In some instances, the demolitions were attended by violence…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld THANKS TO some priests and bishops of the Catholic Church, and with considerable help from the media, the debate on the consolidated Reproductive Health bill (House Bill 4244) pending in the House of Representatives is turning into a murky exercise that’s spreading more disinformation than enlightenment. The…

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Remember Jovito Palparan Jr., the notorious Philippine Army officer tagged by militant political activists as “The Butcher”? In 2007 the Melo Commission recommended Palparan’s investigation for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and other human rights violations. Instead, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo personally presented him as a…

By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) A major victim in this electoral exercise is the people’s right to know. By consistently imposing rigid guidelines and restrictions to “make available the source code for independent review,” the Comelec is actually obstructing the exercise of the citizens’ right to know that would have ensured…