Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Be aware and beware 

April 21, 2021, 12:55 pm

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 whatever is left of the political opposition, the legal fronts of the… Read More

Ledesma: The doubting Tomases

April 19, 2021, 11:00 am

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 risen! … Read More

Ledesma: Tit for tat and all those jazz

April 15, 2021, 6:33 pm

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 

April 12, 2021, 1:02 am

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… Read More

Ledesma: Journalistic fraud

April 8, 2021, 11:15 am

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 achieved. … Read More

Badoy: On the defense of COURAGE by government workers

April 7, 2021, 12:39 am

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

April 6, 2021, 8:41 pm

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 

April 3, 2021, 3:35 pm

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 turns… Read More

Ledesma: A Lenten Reflection: Modern-day Simon of Cyrene

March 29, 2021, 5:23 pm

HOLY Week is a time to pause and focus on the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this is the 2nd year that we will not be able to observe it as we used to. But this should not prevent us from reflecting on its… Read More

Ledesma: A decadent conspiracy

March 23, 2021, 11:25 am

IT is now obvious X-Justice Antonio Carpio has been consumed with a burning desire to oust Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte. And there is more to it than politics.  It can all be about Scarborough and what is beneath the bowels of that atoll and that power grab and the only means to achieve these of… Read More

Ledesma:  To V or not to V

March 22, 2021, 11:22 am

THE country’s vaccination program against the COVID-19 is now happening in some of our major cities, my hometown Davao City included. The vaccination started last March 1 with the 600,000 doses of Sinovac from China. We also received on March 4 the initial 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine… Read More

Ledesma: Beware of elixir of fame, Pacman 

March 16, 2021, 10:35 pm

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao has been going around recently in what he asserts as a way to help those in need. There is nothing wrong with that. Manny, the legendary boxing hero is known to be generous to his friends. His sudden and recent act of charity, however, is tainted with politics. He has been… Read More

Ledesma: Proudly a woman. Proudly a Filipina. 

March 14, 2021, 12:38 am

IN celebration of International Woman’s Month, I wish to acknowledge and highlight how Filipinas have continued to advance their roles and contributions to our society.  Gone were the days when women of our country were expected to stay behind the shadow of their fathers and their husbands.… Read More

Ledesma: Confusing the enemy

March 11, 2021, 3:58 pm

PRESIDENT Rodrigo  Duterte is a killjoy. He just told Leni Robredo to shut up. In this time of the pandemic, I can fault the President for depriving us of the hilarious remarks of the Vice President. She has a natural talent for comedic repartees which are veritable catharsis given the problems… Read More

Ledesma: What keeps Filipinos from preparing for the future 

March 8, 2021, 11:13 am

EVERY Filipino parent wants the best education for their children. Every working Filipino looks forward to good and comfortable retirement life. Every Filipino wants to have the best medical care as needed. All these need advanced preparation. The question is: Are Filipinos making the right… Read More

Ledesma: Vaccines reveal who your friends are

March 5, 2021, 2:11 pm

THE vaccination program in the Philippines is fraught with politics, cynicism brought about by ignorance, prejudice, and the ingrained predilection for American-made products. All these beyond the primordial and universal concern to make every individual adequately protected from Covid-19 virus… Read More

Ledesma: BTS Phenomena: Beyond culture, language, nationality 

March 1, 2021, 5:30 pm

WHAT is this craze sweeping people across the globe? It’s COVID?! It’s the vaccine?! No...It’s BTS! For those of you who have not been bitten by the BTS bug, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeonda) is a group of 7 Korean boys and is now considered to be the most popular boy band in the world. I learned… Read More

Ledesma: PNA survives the vagaries of time and politics

March 1, 2021, 11:33 am

THE declaration of Martial Law in 1972 ended the era of the freest press in Asia and maybe the world over. Almost all the critical media establishments folded up including community publications and broadcast stations and sent thousands of journalists and office staff workers jobless.  Also… Read More

Ledesma:  How did the Davao IP kids get to Cebu? 

February 25, 2021, 8:58 pm

THE so-called Human Rights watchdogs are smarting over the rescue of the minor children of the indigenous tribes who were traced by welfare authorities in the San Carlos University Talamban campus. In Cebu. The 19 indigenous people (IP) children, all in their teens, are very impressionable. How… Read More

Ledesma: WHF: More productive, healthier

February 23, 2021, 9:32 pm

ALMOST 12 months of the pandemic. Almost 12 months of the work-from-home (WFH) arrangement. Employees who are into this setup are lucky that they get to keep their jobs while millions of Filipinos have lost their jobs amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re even luckier that they don’t have to… Read More