Opinion and Commentary

Laurel: Of China and Biden

WHAT Trump’s four years of trade and tech war with China proved and left no doubt about it that the US cannot do and will not heal without cooperative relations with China.Trumps’ trade war that intensified in his last two years in office did not deliver a single promise made upon its... Read More

Ledesma: The expensive price of disobedience

TO help the country bounce back from the economic backlash brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, several provinces and cities were put in a more relaxed quarantine status. Under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which is the least restricted of all the quarantines, more business... Read More

Ledesma:  Missing Duterte?

SEVERAL days ahead of Typhoon Rolly’s landfall, announcements were made through hundreds of media outlets that the howler is extremely powerful it could cause severe destruction along its path. Bicol Region, The Southern Tagalog Region, Metro Manila, and Quezon Province had been alerted and... Read More

Ledesma: Balancing act 

IF there’s one thing that really benefited from the pandemic and from the quarantine...it’s Mother Nature! After so much use and abuse by the people who should be protecting them, Mother Nature had its much-deserved rest! With lesser cars and motorists on the streets, one can... Read More

Ledesma: The battle of 'isms' and Red-tagging

WHAT’S the big fuss over communism and being a communist? Communism had been decriminalized a long time ago. The problem here is that Jose Ma. Sison refused to dismantle the New People’s Army and that is the root cause why Red tagging becomes a controversy. If the government has Bureau... Read More

Laurel: Xi’s Korean War warning to preserve peace

THE West really turned its head east and widened its eyes and ears when last October 23, President Xi Jinping, presiding over a major commemoration of the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean War or the “War to Resist American Aggression and Aid Korea,” spoke of... Read More

Ledesma: To Sir and Ma’am, with love

ASK any group of children what they want to become when they grow up, and the majority will reply... “I want to be a Teacher!” It’s a dream profession for many, including this writer.Ask any group of teenagers who their first crush was, and the majority will shyly confess...... Read More

Ledesma: DepEd’s display of profligacy

SECRETARY Leonor Briones of the Department of Education (DepEd) should be ashamed of herself. Buying 254 units of Mitsubishi pickups with a price tag of P1.4-million each (https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/industry-news/2020-mitsubishi-strada-specs-prices-features-a962-20201023) is not... Read More

Ledesma: Ganging up on Pialago

CELINE Pialago, the articulate and straight-to-the-point spokesperson of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was on the receiving end of hysterical flak from the phalanx of human rights activists, leftist propagandists, and some ignoramuses in the movie world. These stemmed from her remarks... Read More

Ledesma: Kindness knows no quarantine

ONE of the silver linings during the Covid-19 pandemic is the random act of kindness from ordinary citizens. While the government continues to provide for our needy brothers and sisters through the Bayanihan Acts 1 and 2, a number of private individuals were silently doing their own fundraising... Read More

Ledesma: Lord and the gavel

IRREVOCABLE resignation and the symbolism of mace are now irrelevant. As the last string to cling to the speakership of the House, a faithful subaltern of Rep. Bebot Alvarez quickly took hold of the mace believing he or she who is in possession of the mace is the legitimate speaker.In a... Read More

Ledesma: And the survey says ...

I DON'T know who commissioned Pulse Asia to conduct a survey on the sentiments of the people amidst the pandemic which, like other countries worldwide, shook the foundations of every government and private institution. The Philippines is not spared and considering the density of our population the... Read More

Ledesma: Metrics that matter 

EVERYDAY, we are being bombarded with negative news, gloomy forecasts, and government inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. If we are to believe everything that these naysayers are saying, it looks like the Philippines and the Filipinos can no longer recover from the ill effects of the pandemic. If we... Read More

Ledesma: Gap in the Davao-Samal bridge project

THE proposed  Davao-Samal Bridge still remains to be an elusive dream. The groundbreaking ceremony scheduled in September hit a snag and the problem seemed to have compounded.  Let’s rewind the narratives years back. The first viable feasibility study was done by the... Read More

Laurel: President Duterte and Xi's visionary UNGA statements

“THE future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism” is the theme of the 75th United Nations anniversary commemorated by the global institution last September 21, 2020.Stressing Multilateralism, which is commonly understood to mean... Read More

Ledesma: A time for everything

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has been in the receiving end of debasing criticisms from the time he entered the Presidential derby. He has been called “taga bundok” and one who lacks decency by people in filmdom who themselves wallow in the murk of indecency. An ex-diplomat who felt she... Read More

Ledesma: The digital world of insurance

THERE was a time when selling an insurance product and servicing a policyholder requires physical presence and involve tons of paperwork.My late father was an insurance agent (with then Filipinas Life) for about 3 years before becoming an OFW. I remember every night he will take out all those... Read More

Ledesma: Shock, shake, spot

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is a great equalizer. It hits the rich and the poor, the young and the old, male and female, those from the city or the province, the popular guy, or the regular Juan dela Cruz. It chooses no one.

And because of this, they say that we’re all in the... Read More

From the Mail: When Marcos announced martial law proclamation 48 years ago

By Severino SamonteA TOTAL of 48 years after the declaration of the controversial martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, many of the Filipino people, especially the millennial ones, remain confused on the exact date of that presidential prerogative based on the... Read More

Ledesma: RED TAG?

WHY are the members of Party-list Groups identified with the Communist Party of the Philippines so pregnant with the so-called “Red Tag”? For one thing, no one goes to jail now for adherence to communist ideology. It has long been decriminalized under Republic Act 7636 which was approved... Read More