Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Satisfaction, Approval, Trust

IT’S mind boggling. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) came out with an 11 points drop in the satisfaction rating of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Two days after, Pulse Asia came out with a startling survey results that 88 percent of Filipinos gave an approval rating for the President and a Trust... Read More

Ledesma: Leni can dream

THE only way to stop Pres. Rodrgo Duterte from giving up his post next year is scare the wits of him by warning that Leni Robredo had declared she is ready to take the helms of the government and re-impose Noynoy Aquino’s Daang Matuwid. That should reboot the patriotic fervor of the President.... Read More

Ledesma: Paradigm shift in peace process

The oust-Duterte conspiracy hatched by the CPP/NPA/NDF and the clerico-political destabilising forces had been unearthed resulting in the immediate cancellation of peace negotiations in faraway Norway. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte consequently announced that any further peace talks should henceforth be... Read More

Ledesma: Reviving the grand inquisition

IN the feud between the Roman Catholic Church and Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, the biggest loser is the former. Duterte for all the years that he had served as Vice Mayor, City Mayor, Congressman and early in his term as President, he never ever stepped into the realm of the religious. The few... Read More

Ledesma: One-on-one

ONE can go terribly wrong when, in choosing an enemy, harp on one who does only what is right. When the likes of Sen. Antonio Trillanes picked Sec. Bong Go as his recent target for his yet another misadventure in trying to shake down and discredit Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, he actually invites... Read More

Ledesma: 3rd Teleco is not dead

DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. is in earnest to pursue the mandate of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to have a 3rd player in the telecom industry. Mind you, Rio knows what the public is clamoring for and he has the strategy to deliver what... Read More

Ledesma: The National Broadband Network

THE first time we heard of the National Broadband Network was during the time of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Prior to PGMA era, there were actually attempts at establishing a national communications backbone but these never took off from the planning stage. It was only during PGMA’s term... Read More

Ledesma: The Night of Fright that revealed the Virtue of Digong 

(Written on June 19, 2013 in SUN STAR DAVAO about an incident that happened six years ago today. For those who think of PRRD a misogynist and find the public KISS so vulgar it offends their sensibilities, give this piece a minute of your time.) 

THE heavy downpour last June 5 gave a... Read More

Ledesma: Process

(FRIDAY in Davao City) — Am in the midst of a melee at the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO). There are over 1,000 of us for now queuing in different windows. Am here to secure copies of birth ceritifcates for my family. The PSA staff are doing their dam best to process... Read More

Ledesma: Sari-sari store mentality

The sudden increase of oil price has become the fodder of the opposition to launch an attack on the Duterte administration. One leading newspaper came out with a screaming headline “TRAIN IS LEADING TO JOBLESSNESS”. Populist politicians in the mold of Neri Colmenares joined street... Read More

Ledesma: Revisiting Boracay

Except for a number of leftist Party-list organizations, which are legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New Peoples Army, only the grandstanding clerics and non-government organizations are still stirring up a storm from a whiff of wind. Ex-Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno opted... Read More

Ledesma: The rise of regional parties

POLITICS is one single activity that ranks high in the consciousness and subconscious of Filipinos from birth to graveyard. Children of politicians are fed the daily dose of conflicts, intrigues, disputes, art of deception, back-stabbing and murder – the kind of brew that our brand of politics... Read More

Ledesma: Bong Go’s corporate social responsibility

THE government, in many aspects, is just like one big corporation. And like private or government-owned corporations, it imposes upon itself a corporate social responsibility, a non-core program that sets aside part of their profits to reach out to communities that need assistance.Government-owned... Read More

Ledesma: Much Ado about Tulfo

The Tulfos are famous names in mass media. They are listened to, viewed and read. So what’s wrong and controversial about that? They used to be with TV 5 but management of this station had closed a number of their stations and must have kept only one to prop the owner’s pride.I do not... Read More

Ledesma: Saving our OFWs

THE diplomatic ties between Kuwait and the Philippines is in a litmus test, so to speak. This, after a helpless and hopeless domestic helper was rescued by elements of the Embassy without coordinating with the local authorities, video recorded the operation and then broadcasted the episode for... Read More

Balanza: Joma Sison, the grand daddy of peace spoilers

FOR the nth time, President Rodrigo Duterte has opened the door for the resumption of peace negotiations with communist rebels in a last-ditch bid to end the country’s 50-year old insurgency.The President has given a “last chance” for the communists to talk peace with the... Read More

Ledesma: The ASEAN block

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is flying to Singapore to attend the 32nd Regional Summit of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations. This will be a good time and opportunity to tackle vital issues that impacts on the number of member nations.I am referring to the most recent action of the... Read More

Balanza: Duterte and killing the mining industry

NEVER mind that the mining industry is raising the specter of lost investments and revenues and massive unemployment if the government continues to look at the sector as something that the country can do without.President Rodrigo Duterte has to make a choice between mining as a revenue generator and... Read More

Ledesma: Cleansing Boracay

WHEN Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay for a general clean up I am certain he is not only referring to the beach water which he accurately described as a veritable “cesspool” but also cleansing the government functionaries to include the local government units which... Read More

Ledesma: Close ranks

President Rodrigo Duterte has been shedding off the unwanted barnacles in his flagship. They have added to the heavy burden of the President who has been navigating our country away from the rough seas of corruption, ineptness and crime. We have finally anchored on solid grounds. It has been a rough... Read More