Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Why is there life in Davao City?

DABAWENYOS have a declarative statement that aptly encapsulates what this southern capital is to its roughly 1.6-million residents: LIFE IS HERE!Let me walk you briefly from where we came from. Since 1988 when Rodrigo R. Duterte took over as Mayor he rallied the people to rise against organized... Read More

Ledesma: The younger, the better 

“THE best thing about growing up is you get to manage your own life”. -- Anonymous  I always look forward to being invited to speak before students on life insurance and investment. Have done this several times for both high school and college graduate students. Though these... Read More

Ledesma: Water is life

LET’S leave the issue of Scarborough now that we knew former Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III and his ilks abandoned it and all this time they had taken us for a ride. Instead, let’s delve into another subject more important than the sea west of the Philippines and south of China. Potable... Read More

Ledesma: Vaccine it is! 

FROM mere numbers and statistics last year, covid now has names and faces on it. The last few weeks took covid closer to home as our own relatives and friends got infected. Most of them were blessed to have recovered but sadly 3 of them did not make it.  If only they were vaccinated, they... Read More

From the Mail: Noynoy plays RPG

AN uncanny similarity exists between the Mamasapano Oplan “Exodus” and the pullout of Philippine vessels in a standoff with China that led to the country’s loss of Scarborough Shoal.Both operations were monumental disasters as a result of then-President Noynoy Aquino designating a... Read More

Badoy: BDP: Changing lives for the better

For the past two days, I sat and listened to the people of Barangay Calantiao in Bubon, Barangay San Miguel in Las Navas, Barangays Hitapian, Osang, Nagoocan in Catubig.All in Northern Samar, hotbed of communist insurgency in our country.All of them living in extreme poverty in communities with long... Read More

Ledesma: It’s not about Scarborough

THIS brouhaha about debates over Scarborough and Duterte on a jet ski is nothing but boredom inducers.The previous administration gave it up and even allowed China to do reclamation work using the soil mined from the mountains of Zambales and mine tailings from Tawi-Tawi islands. Tonying Carpio and... Read More

Ledesma: Respond, don’t just react

WHEN we are faced with a situation, especially stressful ones, we either react or respond. Is there a difference?  In our everyday conversation, we usually use the words react and respond, to mean the same. Yes, there may be a slight difference between these two words, but in practice,... Read More

Ledesma: Real friends, real foes in time of crisis

THE horror of the grotesque specter of nearly half a million people getting severely ill and thousands dying each day in India is, to say the least, frightening and nightmarish.  If we trace back the cause of the meteoric rise of COVID-19 infections it indubitably points to the unbridled... Read More

From the Mail: Senator Lacson's rejoinder to Mr. Ledesma's column

May 3, 2021 LUIS A. MORENTE Executive Editor Philippine News Agency Visayas, Avenue, Quezon City Dear Sir, Please allow us to set the record straight involving the claims made by Mr. Jun Ledesma in his column published by the Philippine News Agency last April 30, where he accused senators, including... Read More

From the Mail: Ressa’s UNESCO award no surprise

Atty. Perry L. Solis, Jr.AS a former member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) jury that gives away the award from 2016 and its president in 2018, it comes as no surprise that Fil-American Maria Ressa has been chosen as this year’s winner... Read More

Ledesma: Joma cheering his new Legal Front?

FIFTEEN senators including the Majority Floor Leader and former President of the Ruling Party signed a resolution that censures National Task Force to End Local Communist Insurgency spokesperson, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. after he branded the move to defund  NTF-ELCAC... Read More

Ledesma: Be aware and beware 

CALL  it “Oust Duterte cabal”, “rabid black propagandists” “Dilawans”, “1sambayan”, “destabilizers” or “xenophobic clique”. When you put them all together you see the same faces.  It’s a coterie of... Read More

Ledesma: The doubting Tomases

TWO Sundays ago, the gospel was about the story of disciple Tomas who refused to believe that Jesus has resurrected and appeared to the other disciples only because he was not around when it happened. He had to see it with his own eyes and only then he believed that indeed Jesus has... Read More

Ledesma: Tit for tat and all those jazz

FILIPINOS are either enamored with the probinsyano President Rodrigo Duterte or regard him with contemptuous ill will. We have here a leader whose uncanny idiosyncracies are not akin to the norm of traditional politicians thus we see a clash of sentiments among those who trust and approve of... Read More

Ledesma: Keep clients from pushing the panic button 

PANDEMIC hits the market anew. Soon after the government announced that the National Capital Region plus some nearby provinces will be placed under ECQ for at least two weeks, the market plunged back to the 6,400 level and heavy foreign selling was observed. The Philippine stock market ushered 2021... Read More

Ledesma: Journalistic fraud

IN my recent article “Nitpicking” I pointed out the dubious if not diabolic agenda of opposition quarters at discrediting and demonizing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in every turn, creating mountains out of molehills and deliberately ignoring the achievements that this administration had... Read More

Badoy: On the defense of COURAGE by government workers

TODAY, we had to witness, once again, the travesty made commonplace by the CPP-NPA-NDF: the shameless spectacle of government workers who break Civil Service laws by brazenly undermining the work of an institution they are part of and do great harm to the country whose Constitution and Democracy... Read More

Ledesma:  Ignite: Passion, purpose, persistence

HAPPY Easter to all! Easter Sunday is considered by us Christians, as the most important and sacred Sunday of the entire year. It commemorates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus to heaven. Without this very important part, Jesus simply dies and that's it. But his resurrection represents... Read More

Ledesma: Nitpicking 

FOR President Rodrigo R. Duterte, unprecedented Trust and Approval ratings came at a price. He is not in the running for the 2022 Presidential elections but the turrets of the fragmented political opposition are all aimed at him. And this includes the propaganda machinery which shamelessly... Read More