Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Satur Ocampo: Prinsipyo Paninindigan Puso

Satur C. Ocampo was born on April 7, 1939 in Sta. Rita, Pampanga to a family of landless tenant farmers.

He is married to Carolina “Bobbie” Malay, a writer and professor of journalism. He has four children and three grandchildren.

Ocampo has been Pesident of Bayan Muna since 1999, and led the party in the elections for party-list in 2001, 2004, and 2007.

Bayan Muna consistently topped the party-list race. Three Bayan Muna-sponsored bills, the Overseas Voting Act, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and Strengthening the Public Attorney’s Office Act have been enacted into law.

In 2005, the progressive bloc of Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela Women’s Party broke away from the House majority. Ocapo has since been elected as a Deputy Minority Leader, and remains the acknowledged leader of the progressive bloc.

He is a principal author of the law abolishing the death penalty. He has authored bills penalizing torture and enforced disappearances, the Marcos human rights victims compensation bill, command responsibility bill, and measures controlling oil prces, developing the rice industry and many others.

As a key opposition figure, Ocampo has survived thus far a sustained government campaign of political repression against his party and himself.

In 2007, he won the dismissal by the Supreme Court of a trumped-up rebellion charge, and bail also by the Supreme Court on trumped-up charges of multiple murder. The Inter-Parliamentary Union and parliamentarians worldwide have taken cognizance of these cases, and have urged the Philippine government to stop the campaign of brutal repression against Ocampo and the legal Left.

More on Satur Ocampo at: http://www.satur4senator.com/

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A Challenge of Conscience - Yahoo! Philippines News

The brutal, indiscriminate mass murder on Monday in Ampatuan town, in Maguindanao province, raises the ultimate challenge of conscience. It carries the culture of impunity at work in this country to such levels of horror that, if it remains unpunished for long, can send the nation into an inexorable descent into absolute dehumanization.

The crime thus calls for swift justice, which can only be achieved through a credible and independent process, which in turn can only be achieved without the hand of this government – a government justly mistrusted generally and openly friendly precisely to the very members of the clan accused in the massacre.

We, ourselves colleagues of the more than a score journalists who were killed, demand the following:

One, the creation of a commission outside the government to investigate the crime;

Two, the arrest and prosecution of all the people involved in it in any way, as murderers themselves or their protectors;

Three, the formation of a special court to try the case;

Four, fully guaranteed protection for the witnesses;

Five, the disarming and dismantling of all private armies, such as those evidently employed in the massacre.

Six, the enlistment of persons of unquestioned probity in the whole process;

And finally, the resignation of the government if it fails to deliver such basic satisfaction – indeed, the very same government that has encouraged, by partisanship and conspiracy, the culture of impunity of which the massacre has been the most abominable manifestation.

Signed: Business World Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD) Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project (PHRRP) Philippine Press Institute (PPI)

Arroyo Guns for Congress, Draws Barrage of Criticism

The decision of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to run for the 2nd Congressional District of Pampanga drew fiery criticisms from several sectors. 

I'm amused by the decision of the president, but well, The Madame from Malacañang has always been amusing, or I should say - annoying.

I compiled several flowery criticisms that were hurled against her. Here they are:

Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz: “addiction to power.”

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo: "I wholeheartedly suggest she give others a chance to serve and not give in to the temptation of power.”

Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II: "Her ultimate goal is to become House Speaker and ram through her burning desire to change the Constitution."

Sen. Francis Escudero: “it surely leaves a bad taste in the mouth.”

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr: “sets a horrible example for politicians to follow,”

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo : “The main burden there would be on the voters.”

Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño: “She is drunk with power and can’t get enough. I think she needs professional help.”

Rep Casiño may have hit the nail right smack on the head!

Read more about this issue at:
Arroyo bid sparks outrage - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
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