Opinion and Commentary

From the Mail: Inherent right

By Leopoldo BarridaTHE state has the INHERENT RIGHT and JUST OPTION to protect and preserve its institutions, the government which is its central element, and itself for its own SURVIVAL, for its own people.Those who are undermining the state authority either by way of direct armed and terroristic... Read More

From the Mail: Du30 and China: United versus illegal drugs

By Herman Tiu Laurel THE usual information warfare material emanating from the Western mainstream media against the Philippines found print again in one of the Philippine mainstream media outlets. In its October 9, 2019 issue the Philippine Star published a report authored by Patricia Lourdes... Read More

Ledesma: Earthquake revealed massive corruption

MOTHER nature has her way of expressing her contempt at man’s penchant for insatiable greed and corruption. The series of strong temblors that shook Mindanao revealed how contractors and government regulators disregarded building standards and quality of materials used in vital projects such... Read More

Ledesma: Will Leni stop the drug war?

VICE President Leni Robredo should take a long vacation leave. It’s pathetic to see her being bludgeon by critics in social media and it is doubly sad because the criticism against her is true. And sadly too because she is the next in command, the second most powerful person in the country but... Read More

Ledesma: Our human frailties

THE peso and the stock market showed dramatic performance and the economy is seen to end with 6% growth. Young Filipino dabbling on science unlocked the challenged to convert noise pollution into electrical energy. Elsewhere in the globe, Egypt and Ethiopia lock horns over water that flows in the... Read More

Ledesma: Davao City tops in peace and economic growth

BUSES to replace rolling coffins salvaged and smuggled to Davao and underground cabling in city thoroughfares plus 14 insurgency free barangays in what used to be a CPP/NPA bastion -Paquibato District - are among the highlights in brief but the only-real-data-filled state of the city address of City... Read More

Ledesma: Death wish, bad wish

BEWARE of what you wish and pray for. It could boomerang. Jim Paredes is so consumed with his hatred for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, he plastered his face on Facebook angry at the man he cannot accept has at least 16-million fans who voted him to office instead of a wimp he had hoped will succeed... Read More

Ledesma: What’s happening in Davao del Norte

MINDANAO'S biggest dollar-earning agricultural industry is (cavendish) bananas. At an average of one employee for every 1-1/2 hectares, not counting the administrative staff, the industry accounts for the biggest number of labor force. Last year’s January to November export revenues... Read More

Ledesma: Canine behavior of US politicians

THE problem that besets America is the overdose of hubris and severe prejudices of some of its political leaders against other nations. I like America and its people and this is the same reason why not a few Filipinos opted to live, work and visit the country every so often. America, after all,... Read More

Balanza: Day of the homeless poor

THERE is a day that the Pinoy homeless poor should celebrate: September 6, 2019. On that day, government agencies and various stakeholders with a heart and mission to provide a home to every Filipino homeless family congregated to map out a plan to strengthen the government's socialized housing... Read More

Ledesma: Modus Vivendi in DPWH

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should start blacklisting contractors who do not have the wherewithal to accomplish jobs at the shortest possible time. In Davao City, home of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, DPWH does not seem to worry about the efficiency of contractors and the... Read More

Ledesma: Don’t starve our farmers

DEAR Sec. William Dar sir.  You do not solve the problem of rice farmers by asking the local government units to buy their palay (unmilled rice). Neither will you be able to solve their plight by extending them palliative monetary dole-outs. You should not pass the buck to the LGUs. That is not... Read More

Ledesma: What’s eating Lagman?

SUBLIME idiocy can surprisingly emerge from an idle mind. Sen Christopher “Bong” Go was busy going around the country setting up Malasakit Centers where it is most needed by people who are deprived of decent medical and financial assistance and out of the blue Albay Congressman Edcel... Read More

Ledesma: Bato’s waggly tongue

BECAUSE of simple math that theoretically extrapolated numbers of rare days of good conduct by an inmate that serves seven life sentences, the nation went agog when rapist and multiple-murderer Antonio Sanchez was said to be a candidate for deliverance. It would have just been a conjecture... Read More

Ledesma: Of gifts, omission and commission

THE last three years of the Duterte administration is the most crucial.it is noteworthy however that he has the leadership of the legislative department on his side because the achievement of his political and development agenda would depend largely on the lawmakers and the members of the... Read More

Ledesma: Campus activism over dead ideologies

STUDENT activism has been commonplace in college and university campuses. We were all lured into it in the mid-1960s. I am not sure now which came first - the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New Peoples Army or the Kabataang Makabayan but each has the fingerprints of Jose Ma. Sison. It... Read More

Badoy: Love story for Teddy

AWING Apuga was 5 years old when he was taken away from his parents to be educated in Salugpungan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Learning Center, Inc (STITILCI) --a school his father, the chieftain of the Ata Manobo tribe of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, Datu Guibang Apuga help found.Together with other... Read More

Ledesma: Davao City grand Kadayawan Festival

GO south, fly south! For the whole month of August starting from Day 1, Davao City celebrates Kadayawan Festival which will culminate in grand festivities on August 16 replete with activities that include an array of colorful tribal dances at their best performances and originality, fruits and... Read More

Ledesma: DENGUE and PRRD’s mosquito net

LETHARGY is a syndrome in the bureaucracy.  In government, it is quite acute especially with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Department of Health. The COMELEC is busy before during and after elections, all for about 60 days, which happens once every three years but the poll body... Read More

Ledesma: STL and Lotto are legal fronts

THE gospel in last Sunday Mass was about the total destruction Sodom and Gomorrah on account of the detestable things they do before the eyes of God. The story of the annihilation of these degenerate towns appeared not only in the Bible but also in the Koran. When Abraham heard of this severe... Read More