Opinion and Commentary

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

Ledesma: Acts of kindness

May 10, 2020, 12:19 pm

THE brouhaha over the shut down of ABS CBN also shuts out from the public’s knowledge the extremely laudable contribution and support of individuals and corporations that help the government in battling  COVID 19. The invisible enemy decimated the population worldwide, paralyzed the movement… Read More

Ledesma: Of motives and options of ABS CBN

May 7, 2020, 12:39 pm

LET'S set aside the COVID -19 pandemic first and talk about the shut down of ABS CBN. The emotional outbursts of some characters have breached a modicum of civility I cannot imagine that some avid oppositions and their minions would dub those identified with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as demonic or in… Read More

Nieva: Robust disease surveillance and ‘outbreak drill’

May 4, 2020, 12:48 pm

AS the Philippine government continues to expand it's testing capacity and isolation facilities, building a national COVID-19 surveillance and outbreak preparedness system is critical for containing transmission of the virus now and preparing for potential waves of the infection in the future. … Read More

Laurel: China recovers, West and minions mope

May 1, 2020, 2:50 pm

LAST April 15, 2020, Kenneth Kang deputy director of the Asia and Pacific Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told the media that “News of the widespread re-opening of (Chinese) firms and the return of employees to work give us hope that we will see a recovery in the second… Read More

Ledesma: Balik Probinsya

April 30, 2020, 4:29 pm

I HAVE been following the activities of Sen. Bong Go at the halls of the Senate since day one. Davao journalists know him quite well. A quiet worker who served as executive assistant to then-City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. For more than 23 long years Bong served as his records custodian, telephone… Read More

Ledesma: Some good news

April 25, 2020, 8:06 pm

FOR days we have been reading morbid stories about the death tolls from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It hit China, European nations, the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Japan to name a few. As the casualty increases the economy plummets, engines of heavy industries come… Read More

Ledesma: Karl Kendrick Chua

April 23, 2020, 2:38 pm

KARL Kendrick Chua, the new Secretary-designate of the National Economic Development Authority may be young in the eyes of his critics but he has proven his mettle when he pushed for the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act. The TRAIN law was doubted by the opposition to bring reforms in… Read More

Ledesma: Don’t taunt a Duterte

April 19, 2020, 8:32 pm

TO obey or to defy, that is the option. Whether it is sane to suffer the slings and arrows of the ‘stay home’ order and by opposing we will all stay longer locked in our homes. This could have been the question posed by the bard of Avon if he were alive today. Across the archipelagic divide… Read More

Laurel: ‘Please don’t politicize this virus’

April 16, 2020, 1:21 pm

ON April 8, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus made the appeal, “Please Don’t Politicize This Virus” which this article uses as title. He was referring to the novel coronavirus of the SAR-CoV2 that causes the disease called COVID-19. Ghebreyesus made… Read More

Ledesma: A panacea more effective than a vaccine

April 14, 2020, 3:57 pm

OUR government is in dire need of cash, and no less than President Rodrigo Duterte is telling us that. Those who think otherwise and tell us that Congress had just approved a budget that runs to trillions of pesos might be thinking that that huge sum is available in government's bank vaults. It is… Read More

Ledesma: A letter to Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte

April 9, 2020, 9:39 pm

TODAY, I am giving way to a letter sent to me by a certain Mark Adie. Since we neither know each other from Adam nor are we Facebook friends, he sent his letter to one I know and who in turn sent this to me. I had posted this on my wall and since then it had been shared by many. I am deeply… Read More