Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Digong must have done something good

NO amount of incendiary verbiages spiced with twisted statistics that come from the moribund political opposition and foreign interlopers can bring down the Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte. You can fault him for his expletives but that actually defines his hatred against crime, corruption... Read More

Ledesma: Oh Iceland and Mexico how could you?

ICELAND authored a resolution to conduct a probe of (extra-judicial) killings related to the drug campaign waged by the Duterte Administration. This stemmed from the allegation that over 27,000 perished in the government’s war against drugs. I do not know where this figure came from but... Read More

Ledesma: A serious fish talk

THE Philippines has its own versions of politicians and characters who are advocates of aggressive foreign policy. Think of this. A fishing boat anchored in Recto Bank was figured in an accident and side-swiped by a Chinese fishing vessel in an inky dark sea and the hawks are one to invoke the... Read More

Ledesma: Rep. Sid Ungab as Speaker?

WHY not?Amidst the melee over the search for Speaker in the House of Representatives which had been shrouded with immoral power tug-of-war, term sharing and multi-million-peso tag for a vote plus horse trading in committee chairmanships, the name of Rep. Isidro Ungab suddenly... Read More

Ledesma: The sea of fortune

DEPENDING on which side of the fence is the news and noisemakers, the incident involving fishermen in a maritime accident refuses to settle down. The cacophony of chatters stemmed from an incident where two fishing boats collided in an inky dark environment. It would have been simple and unfortunate... Read More

Ledesma: Igniting fire in the WP Sea

WE are not running out of provocateurs, deceivers and willing victims of deceptions and bystanders who ejaculate in fanning embers of intrigue and divisiveness. Am talking of the recent accident involving Filipino and Chinese fishermen, Bikoy’s expose’ of the opposition black propaganda... Read More

Ledesma: Callamard an impish prevaricator?

WHEN Agnes Callamard took over the job of Philip Alston as Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Commission who conducted a probe on alleged extra-judicial killings in Davao City, she inherited the tale conjured by her predecessor like it was the biblical truth. In fact, Alston came... Read More

Ledesma: Kapa challenges PRRD

FOR guesting Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte in his special segment "Give Us This Day", Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy is getting the flak from characters who are either behind Kapa Community Ministry International or are investors of Kapa. Reason: During the internationally televised program, the Chief... Read More

Ledesma: Davao City under Mayor Inday Sara

THE advantage of an incumbent not having a political adversary during elections is that he or she will not be hobbled and hampered by the rigors of the campaign and therefore can continue monitoring and implementing projects.This what is happening in Davao City. Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio might... Read More

Ledesma: Congress leadership struggle

WITH the start of congressional sessions in the offing, politicos are into the traditional leadership tug of war. Until topnotcher re-elected Sen. Cynthia Villar gave a smirk at Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the quest for the Senate Presidency seems to be leading to the path of incumbent Tito Sotto who is on... Read More

Ledesma: Awaiting Advincula’s ‘whodunit’ revelation

PETER J. Advincula is a conman. In fact, he is no ordinary conman and given his litany of criminal cases that should make him an extraordinary recidivist. Looks like he had been in and out of jail and he eluded numerous other complaints against him. That should make him a prime target for law... Read More

Ledesma: Glaciers, aquifers, water, and politics

UNTIL astronomers and cosmonauts can truly confirm that there is water in the surface of the Moon or Mars, our Earth, the third nearest from the Sun, remains to be the only planet in the solar system that has water. That makes water an inter-galactic commodity for this sustains life.I just came back... Read More

Ledesma: Where and how is PRRD?

THEIR mouths may not be as uncouth and sacrilegious as that of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, but their hearts and minds are as vile. Some are in religious habits and are pictures of piety and decency but they invoke the supernatural to inflict harm or death to the man they abhor. They watch his every move... Read More

Ledesma: It’s time to move on

AS the cliche goes, “the people have spoken”. Many polling precincts had become a virtual market place where votes were sold. But such is the nature of the beast. It’s a gamble where bets are placed in “the dark”...meaning one foregoes with probabilities and just say... Read More

Ledesma: The fake stories of Janet Cooke and Peter Advincula

“BIKOY” now has now a face -- Peter Advincula, a recidivist and going by the disclosures on Facebook by so many people he had victimized. He is not just an ordinary person. He fits the description of a con artist. He too has a star complex. He claimed that he had turned into a new leaf... Read More

Ledesma: The debt trap scare and the rock star Bato

RONALD “Bato” dela Rosa, a former top cop of the Philippines and now running for senator, may not have the tongue of fire of Otso Diretso (OD) candidates but he handled the subjects in the CNN-sponsored debate with a dash of finesse and native wit. He is a straight talker, has the... Read More

From the Mail: Zamboanga power woes refuse to die down

By Edwin G. EspejoZAMBOANGA City is in the throes of another power crisis, and not because of a lack of supply.In fact, on the island of plenty, Zamboanga is empty, so to speak. Moreover, hasn’t Mindanao already overcome near-disastrous power crises early in the decade when the power supply... Read More

Ledesma: Desperate black propaganda

THE road to perdition for the gasping Liberal Party is as slippery as the fate of its senatorial candidates in the coming mid-term elections on May 13. It’s political banner “Otso Diretso” had disintegrated. By itself, the party is like a powder keg out to implode. It is a mixture... Read More

Ledesma: Bikoy is as farcical as his story

‘BIKOY’, the phantom character conjured by the opposition to demonize the family members of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, reflects the desperation of the vanishing Yellow generation of politicians in the Philippines. Yellow is associated with the Aquino political block whose image diminished... Read More

Ledesma: Duterte’s war

THE emergence and confluence of black and fear propaganda on the heels of May 13 elections are too coordinated and well-orchestrated that it only succeeded in portraying how distraught the political opposition had become. It revives that infamous and desperate “oust Duterte” plot of an... Read More