Opinion and Commentary

Laurel: Laudable: PBBM asserts ASEAN centrality

By making his first state visits to the leading countries of ASEAN, Indonesia first and foremost followed by Singapore, President Bongbong Marcos Jr. acknowledged and saluted the centrality of the ASEAN. It is an important signal explaining the president’s foreign policy which will be... Read More

Lauengco: Kaps and Kags

In today’s everchanging world, things have become more complex. In trying to understand the problems and issues of today, It may help to view the scattered but interconnected pieces of the puzzle and observe with an oblique point of view.Recently, a substitute bill seeking to postpone the... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Marcos administration to ensure economic recovery

2022 is a banner year of economic recovery, with the Philippines managing to sustain positive growth amid increasing commodity prices. Latest fiscal reports say that private consumption expenditures have already surpassed pre-pandemic levels and continue to grow as the economy further opens and the... Read More

Laurel: Mahathir's clarion call: Pivot to China

The Malaysian newspaper Malaysiakini headline this last August 31, 2022: “Citing US ‘provocation’ Dr M calls on Asean to pivot towards China.” It is a powerful call that should reverberate not only across Asean but also throughout the world. It is a courageous statement from... Read More

Lauengco: The Food Security Puzzle

In today’s ever changing world, things have become more complex. In trying to understand the problems and issues of today, It may help to view the scattered but interconnected pieces of the puzzle and observe with an oblique point of view.  Recently, both our executive and legislative... Read More

Laurel: New economic advisory group for PBBM

PBBM ordering a crackdown on hoarding on major basic commodities from rice to sugar, uncovering billions worth waiting in bodegas for higher prices before being released into the market. Now when these are released fully, we can expect a major impact on the lowering of prices and inflation. Unlike... Read More

Laurel: World supports PBBM on 'Strongest Partner'

A Yahoo! Finance news item of Aug. 11, 2022 reports that  "About 78.34 percent of respondents from 22 countries believe the Chinese economy has become the engine of the world economy." This is from a survey of respondents, averaging 39 years old, across the US, UK, Australia, Japan as well as... Read More

Laurel: Taiwan's adversity, PH's opportunity

As the dust and din from the Pelosi-Tsai caper and the US-China test-of-wills settles, we can now see clearly who the winners and losers are from the one-week geopolitical drama. The standout winner is without any doubt the People’s Republic of China (PROC) scoring a knockdown of all its... Read More

Laurel: US ‘forever wars’ ends with Pelosi-Tsai stunt

When US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called China’s military drills around Taiwan “significant escalation” he apparently forgets that in fact the US media speculated on worse scenarios, such as Pelosi’s plane being forced down on some airfield before reaching Taiwan.... Read More

Laurel: China-Philippines agricultural teamwork crucial

ONE of the major crises stemming from current geopolitical tensions that the world is facing today is the global fertilizer shortage threatening food production and mass starvation in many parts of the globe, and the Philippines is not exempted from this danger. It is fortunate that due to correct... Read More

Ledesma: Railways

AMONG the vital infrastructures that precede the growth momentum of advanced economies are roads, bridges, and railways. Movement of goods, mobility of people, and the speed and ease of transport are essential in achieving their development goals.During the frontier era of America otherwise known as... Read More

Ledesma: Land reform, history, and tsismis

WITH a farmer’s blood in my veins, I still cannot leave the subject of agricultural productivity and what hounds it to date. There is one issue that has not come to the fore simply because it would impact on the political characters that emerged after the government of the late Pres. Ferdinand... Read More

Ledesma: PBBM not amused over sick joke on farmers

LAST week, the buying price of palay in Midsayap, Cotabato increased to ₱18/kilo. This looks like finally traders had their Damascus and bothered by their conscience raised the buying price of paddy rice from a low range of ₱12.50 to ₱13.50/kilogram and offered to buy the farmers’... Read More

Ledesma: Passing the baton 

TODAY, June 30, we saw the passing of the baton from outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte to incoming President Bongbong Marcos. It was a smooth and orderly transition of leadership, power, and authority.   We say goodbye and express appreciation to PPRD for his six years of... Read More

Ledesma: How good are you with money?

STILL in some sectors today, talking about money is taboo. Some people are uncomfortable talking about it as they don’t want to be branded as greedy or “mukhang pera” in Tagalog. For them, money is the root of all evil. But should it really be the case?... Read More

Ledesma: The children of destiny

THE euphoria spawned by the oath-taking of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte as the 15th Vice President of the Philippines took a while to ebb. While everybody who is somebody was invited to a reception later, Inday was busy and was and is still busy literally rubbing elbows with the hoi... Read More

Ledesma: Achieving financial independence

WE recently celebrated our 124th Independence Day as a nation. The day we commemorate the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. While we have been freed from this bondage, as a people, we still have to enjoy freedom from a number of things… freedom from... Read More

Ledesma: A Davao City-Samal bridge at last! 

THE long-awaited Davao City-Island Garden City of Samal bridge has finally come to fruition with the signing of the concessional loan made available by China to the Philippines. The long wait is finally over. Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and Ambassador Huang Xilian of the Peoples Republic of China... Read More

Ledesma: United we stand, divided we fall

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte issued a clarion call to the nation to unite behind the incoming administration.  Indeed, we are facing the biggest challenges -- the wave after wave of oil price increases and resulting in the looming food crisis.  We have just wiggled out from the... Read More

Ledesma: Midnight madness

SENATOR Imee Marcos minces no words in describing the fish importation as “midnight madness” which Agriculture Sec. William Dar approved. Obviously, a fiery senator cannot hold her temper any longer.  Navotas fish port was awash with freshly caught fish and here is the head of... Read More