Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Light moments over serious issues

February 18, 2021, 5:52 pm

BONGBONG Marcos lost his case in the Supreme Court but hopefully learned an expensive lesson. An attempt to appeal his case is a futile move considering the unanimous decision of the justices to junk his case in favor of Leni Robredo. Well, this is a free country and he can go ahead try another… Read More

From the Mail: Monumental destroyer of Filipino youth rights, welfare

February 14, 2021, 9:33 pm

FOR the last 52 years, communist terrorism being perpetrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) had not only caused death and wanton destruction against the Filipino people, but it has also delivered monumental destruction… Read More

Ledesma: Why fault Inday Sara?

February 11, 2021, 2:47 pm

THE 2022 elections are fast approaching but unlike in previous years, the mood is damp and lacks the usual hoopla and excitement that characterized the presidential election in the past. I do not think that the pandemic has anything to do with it at all. Within the year, the country will be… Read More

From the Mail: An Open Letter: Fact-checking a fact-checker 101

February 9, 2021, 11:06 pm

By Undersecretary Jose Joel M. Sy Egco VERA Files recently came out with a "fact-checking" report insinuating that I have uttered statements on the status of the Ampatuan massacre case that lacked context. Thank you for the opportunity to fact-check you, Vera Files. First, the amateurish… Read More

Ledesma: Nobel Prize anyone?

February 8, 2021, 1:31 pm

THIS is something for the Ripley’s. A nominee and the nominator for Nobel Peace Prize are known way ahead of the selection and announcement of the winner. I don’t know whether the Nobel Committee had changed the rules. The last time I know, the nominations are kept secret for a period of 50… Read More

Ledesma: A clown at the LTO

February 3, 2021, 4:58 pm

THE Land Transportation Office has joined the opposition. The only difference is that the officials are more efficient in winning more enemies against the Duterte administration than the likes of VP Leni, Kiko, Trillanes, and the rest of the cabal who had been salivating to oust the President. … Read More

Ledesma: Be part of the solution

February 1, 2021, 12:32 pm

IT’S almost one year since the Covid-19 pandemic ruled the world. By now, we should already be experts and masters of what to do and not to do amidst the pandemic. We should already be used to living under the new normal and observing the proper protocols. But after almost a year, here I am… Read More

Ledesma: Getting ready 

January 29, 2021, 2:24 pm

DAVAO City has embarked on a special training program for its health workers in preparation for the arrival of coronavirus vaccines from Astra Zeneca. The training is done under the auspices of the Regional office of the Department of Health and the City Health Office. Davao City was among the… Read More

Ledesma: Taking charge of oneself 

January 25, 2021, 2:48 pm

THE start of a brand new year is the time for most of us to set our plans for the rest of the year. While we busy ourselves setting the plans for the team and the organization, one very important plan that is often neglected, ignored, and overlooked is our own personal development planning. … Read More

Valera: Exercise of freedom, not freedom from consequences

January 24, 2021, 8:53 pm

THE principle of academic freedom has enjoyed an uneven track record in the Philippines. Evidently, the UP is where you see a free public debate, academic research, discussions on Marxist-Leninist, Mao Zedong political thoughts both informal and non-formal education set up. I myself read many of… Read More

Ledesma: What of China?

January 24, 2021, 8:39 pm

CHANGES in global events mandate that our political leaders and we as a nation must be circumspect. It requires the shedding off of our prejudices and biases for in the irony of unfolding events our prejudices have become our biases and biases our prejudices.   Because of the Covid-19 pandemic,… Read More

Ledesma: Politics and science don’t mix

January 21, 2021, 2:21 pm

IT does not help that there is a large segment of our population who are adamant or downright afraid of Covid-19 vaccination. It is also bad because the issue of where the source or sources of the vaccines are coming from is notoriously politicized. This is most apparent in the Philippines which… Read More

Ledesma: What’s the plan? 

January 20, 2021, 12:55 pm

IT'S planning season again! As we kick off a new year, different organizations, big or small, private or government, local or multinational are all into planning sessions these days.  However, unlike in the previous years when these planning sessions are done either offsite or inside conference… Read More

Ledesma: A great divide in Davao del Norte

January 14, 2021, 3:13 pm

HE said a mouthful against the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and finally, on November 15, 2020, resigned as a member of PDP-Laban where he served as Secretary-General for almost five years. Former Speaker now incumbent Representative of District 1 of Davao del Norte, Pantaleon… Read More

Ledesma: Getting to know the people’s choice

January 7, 2021, 11:06 pm

IF elections were to be held tomorrow, the next President which the people will vote to succeed Rodrigo R. Duterte will be his own daughter -- the strong-willed Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. This, according to the yearend survey done by Pulse Asia, which ranked her on top of 11 probable… Read More

Laurel: December 2020 cemented the Multi-Polar World

January 4, 2021, 2:52 pm

THE European Union and China signed a historic trade pact last December 27, 2020, a trade deal that is as significant as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) cake, which took 10 years to bake and whose icing was completed only last November 15, 2020. History will record the last… Read More

Ledesma: New Year 2021: Road to recovery or relapse

January 4, 2021, 2:43 pm

HAPPY New Year! As to how we traditionally welcome the start of a new year, we are again full of hope and anticipation for a better one. And considering what we went through in 2020, we are one in praying and wishing that 2021 will be a better year for us, for our families, for the Filipinos, and… Read More

Ledesma:  2020: The year that was

December 31, 2020, 2:19 am

EVERYONE is excited to end 2020! Just a few more days and finally we bid goodbye to the year that changed our lives and our perspectives of life. There is no argument that 2020 is a year that will forever be etched in our memories for both the good and the bad it brought us.  Before we officially… Read More

Ledesma: Missing the train

December 31, 2020, 2:10 am

THERE is so much ado about members of the Presidential Security Group getting inoculated with  Covid 19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm. Elsewhere on this planet, no one can tell as to how many have procured and managed to obtain doses of vaccine outside of what governments have ordered for… Read More

From the Mail: Why Christmas and communism can't genuinely go together

December 25, 2020, 3:33 pm

By Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr. I POSTED this December last year (2019) and I am reposting it again to explain why the AFP does not want a ceasefire during the holidays. Around this time last year, after the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) declared a holiday… Read More