Opinion and Commentary

Nieva: PH’s health info system needs fixing

July 15, 2020, 2:36 pm

THE Covid-19 pandemic highlights the crucial role of the health information system (HIS). It has shown us the weakness of the entire HIS of the country and how the Department of Health (DOH) has been grappling with it. This problem is not new as advocates have been pointing this out over the past… Read More

Ledesma: The 3 additional Commandments

July 15, 2020, 12:18 am

THE wellspring wherefrom the social amelioration fund comes from is not forever limitless. Make no mistake of that. The traditional sources of funds are individual and corporate taxes, customs tariffs, fees, income from government-run corporations among them Pagcor, to name a few. In his pre-SONA… Read More

Ledesma: And the saga ended

July 11, 2020, 11:37 am

“THAT'S All Folks” It’s now over. The saga of the powerful and influential broadcast network in the Philippines, ABS CBN, has ended. For half a century the network was the country’s king-make. Its owners make up for what seems like a shadow government only more powerful as it dictates the… Read More

From the Mail: Best is TEST the law

July 8, 2020, 11:02 pm

By Ely Dejaresco SUPREME Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in reacting to the newly signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 3, said the Supreme Court is now ready to accept questions about the new law’s constitutionality. In fact, the Tribunal is now… Read More

Ledesma: Terrorism

July 7, 2020, 4:15 pm

THE Anti-Terrorism Law (ATL) is not unique to the Philippines. In fact, its passage by Congress and the signing into law by President Rodrigo R Duterte is quite late. But better late than never. The country has been a comfortable haven for foreign and homegrown terror organizations. In not a few… Read More

Ledesma: Revving the engine of economy

July 5, 2020, 10:34 pm

FOUR-month-period is long enough for one to realize that in this fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 9Covid-19) it takes only a good dose of discipline, obedience to very basic health protocols to adapt to the new normal and survive. We are learning it the hard way. Those who fault the… Read More

Ledesma: Cannot DOH take hint?

July 3, 2020, 1:40 am

WE have seen them sleeping on pavements underneath canopies of skyways and roof eaves near Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They have been there for days, weeks in fact, and we have even a name for them: “Locally Stranded Individuals” or LSIs. They were there not because of their choice for… Read More

From the Mail: An open letter to Nang Helen; musings on ‘Rano massacre’

June 29, 2020, 2:39 pm

By Jake Bawan Tagaenod I WILL whisper in silence My thoughts on the Rano case It doesn't mean I am cowed Nor it means I don’t want to remember But the tears had long dried up And the emotion had ceased to explode For how many deaths must we witness How many lives must be wasted My silence will… Read More

Ledesma: Beware of Bitcoin scam

June 26, 2020, 10:04 pm

AMIDST the global Covid-19 pandemic unscrupulous individuals and organizations are feeding on the gullibility of people. This after hundreds of thousands were victimized by Ponzi scammers. The racket was hatched in Bislig, Surigao but when it was heading into trouble, the brain behind the scam… Read More

Laurel: Ambassador Huang Xilian on HK security law

June 24, 2020, 2:09 pm

HONG Kong (HK) is a crucial economic hub for the world, especially during the next few years when global efforts will be essential to maintain a favorable economic environment if we are to recover rapidly from the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation in Hong Kong (HK) is particularly important for the… Read More

Ledesma: Ressa hates Duterte as much as she hates PH

June 19, 2020, 4:21 pm

MARIA Ressa headlines herself on Rappler where she is the executive editor: “AFTER VERDICT ON MARIA RESSA, THE WORLD PUTS DUTERTE ON TRIAL”. For the past days screaming headlines about Maria Ressa’s conviction were posted by Rappler and only those in the sanctum sanctorum know who’s… Read More

Ledesma: Stable and Investment grade

June 15, 2020, 2:28 pm

ON the eve of Independence Day celebration, the Philippines inched one notch in credit rating, another significant step that reaffirms the economic stability of the country on top of belonging to the prestigious league of the investment-grade community of nations. Japan Credit Rating… Read More

Ledesma: Why we need a stringent anti-terrorism law

June 9, 2020, 4:35 pm

ALL these sound and fury against the Anti-Terrorism Bill should be weighed against the realities on the ground. The din and the incendiary speeches veer us away from what is happening in our country and around us. Our approach to deterring terrorism and those abetting and goading terrorism is too… Read More

Laurel: Gemma’s ‘Wow China, Amazing China'

June 1, 2020, 3:57 pm

IT was just three weeks ago when Riza Hontiveros, a senator from the American- and Yellow-backed NGO Akbayan, raised a howl in the halls of the Philippine senate over the “Wow China” radio program aired on the RP1 Philippine government radio network RP1, claiming it is “Chinese… Read More

Ledesma: Remember Callamard?

May 31, 2020, 6:42 pm

REMEMBER Agnes Calllamard? She is the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) special rapporteur investigating the mythical extrajudicial killings and human rights violence that detained Senator Leila de Lima and out-of-sync former Sen. Antonio Trillanes who importuned President Rodrigo… Read More

From the Mail: Red-tagging, Red-baiting

May 29, 2020, 9:54 pm

By Victoria Patria RED tagging? Red-baiting? It's only a fictitious and self-serving claim of the operators, cadres, and adjunct support groups of the CPP-NPA-NDFwho are operating in urban areas and town centers under the cover of their self-established and infiltrated 'open organizations and… Read More

Nieva: Disregard for nature, surge of pandemics

May 26, 2020, 12:02 pm

AS the world continues to find various ways to address COVID-19 pandemic and slowly recover from its impact, this global tragedy is unleashing a sad reality- how wildlife trade and habitat destruction threaten human health. It undeniably reminds us how urgently we need to rethink and change our… Read More

Ledesma: Saving PAL and CebuPac

May 22, 2020, 12:12 pm

OUR two airline firms are crash landing and we passengers are in them. This, on account of the pandemic which hit the tourism industry and air travel right on the solar plexus. Sad and worrisome. The initial reaction was to seek government subsidy but the government is already heavily saddled with… Read More

Ledesma: May Pag-asa sa Probinsya

May 14, 2020, 12:54 pm

BALIK Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) a program initiated by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go may yet be the strongest economic driver that runs parallel with the resumption of implementation of the infrastructure projects stalled by the crippling coronavirus pandemic. The senator has set… Read More

Egco: RSF Data: PH press better under Duterte

May 13, 2020, 11:53 am

NUMBERS do not lie. People do. It is utterly appalling, if not patently detestable, for some misguided or misinformed sectors to paint a bleak picture of the true state of press freedom in the country when scientific facts clearly show that the Philippine press is in a far better situation (read:… Read More