Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Igniting fire in the WP Sea

June 19 2019, 4:17 pm

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?

June 14 2019, 12:10 pm

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… Read More

Ledesma: Kapa challenges PRRD

June 11 2019, 6:51 pm

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

June 8 2019, 10:52 am

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… Read More

Ledesma: Congress leadership struggle

June 4 2019, 3:56 pm

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… Read More

Ledesma: Awaiting Advincula’s ‘whodunit’ revelation

May 29 2019, 11:52 am

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

May 24 2019, 4:21 pm

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… Read More

Ledesma: Where and how is PRRD?

May 22 2019, 2:17 pm

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… Read More

Ledesma: It’s time to move on

May 16 2019, 8:17 am

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 “come what may”.… Read More

Ledesma: The fake stories of Janet Cooke and Peter Advincula

May 9 2019, 6:08 pm

“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 but… Read More

Ledesma: The debt trap scare and the rock star Bato

April 30 2019, 3:30 pm

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 clearest and… Read More

From the Mail: Zamboanga power woes refuse to die down

April 27 2019, 11:52 am

By Edwin G. Espejo ZAMBOANGA 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

April 21 2019, 11:37 pm

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 of… Read More

Ledesma: Bikoy is as farcical as his story

April 10 2019, 2:49 pm

‘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

April 2 2019, 4:00 pm

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

Ledesma: Big plates don’t prevent crime

March 25 2019, 2:26 pm

ENLARGING the motorcycle plates is a faulty solution in solving crimes committed by suspects that are mostly riding in tandem. We have seen quite a number of videos taken by CCTV cameras. If the good Sen. Dick Gordon thinks that large license plates will deter these criminals then he badly… Read More

Ledesma: PRRD did not use Moses staff to draw water

March 21 2019, 1:23 pm

THE acute shortage of potable water in many parts of the National Capital Region has severely affected the daily norm of metropolitan lifestyle and routine in scores of barangays where the spigots had ran dry. The long queues of people waiting for fire trucks that had been used to ration water are… Read More

Ledesma: Araw ng Davao and more

March 14 2019, 5:48 pm

MARCH is Davao City’s anniversary month and this year’s 82nd celebration is another big event as domestic and foreign tourists come to witness the many colorful  activities which the city government had planned. Each year is always an improvement of the previous and 2019 is expected to be… Read More

Ledesma: Desperate Otso Diretso

March 7 2019, 5:34 pm

THE Liberal Party candidates known by their slogan “Otso Diretso” are in dire need of a crowd for a much needed cathartic ego massage. They have gone around trying to muster an audience which would listen to their peroration but even their colleague Mar Roxas had gotten tired of their campaign… Read More

Ledesma: Campaign, libel and all that jazz

February 23 2019, 6:03 pm

WHEN boredom sets in after the hearing, reading and watching all the dramatics about Maria Ressa’s libel and tax evasion case, try focusing on what’s happening in the senate campaign trail. It’s more exciting and comic. What could beat “sexy”, “pogi” and “tanda”, all facing… Read More