Opinion and Commentary

From the Mail: When Marcos announced martial law proclamation 48 years ago

By Severino SamonteA TOTAL of 48 years after the declaration of the controversial martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, many of the Filipino people, especially the millennial ones, remain confused on the exact date of that presidential prerogative based on the... Read More

Ledesma: RED TAG?

WHY are the members of Party-list Groups identified with the Communist Party of the Philippines so pregnant with the so-called “Red Tag”? For one thing, no one goes to jail now for adherence to communist ideology. It has long been decriminalized under Republic Act 7636 which was approved... Read More

Ledesma: Future proofing 

“IN a time of rapid change, standing still is the most dangerous course of action.” –- Brian TracyWe are living in a world where changes are happening fast, simultaneous, and constant. The way we live, the way we work, the way we do things, and even the people we deal with and work... Read More

Laurel: The way to global data security – China Style

THE US is in the habit of hurling accusations in China without providing any evidence to back up the allegations. They did this with the “China virus” claim with nary a scientific basis to stand it on. Incessantly, they have repeated allegation of “intellectual property... Read More

Ledesma: The pettiness of the opposition

IT used to be that only monkeys have the habit of nit-picking. Before the advent of anti-tick powder and shampoo, it’s commonplace to see women helping each other in the arduous task of picking those pesky lice and nits in the long tresses of their hair. But nothing really beats a domesticated... Read More

Ledesma: The 'Now and Tomorrow' fund

THOUGH the number of COVID cases continues to rise, it’s good to note that the economy is starting to recover in most parts of the country. While many are still challenged to make both ends meet, we also see people who have resumed work or resumed their business operations. But since... Read More

Tabije: Water is life: The case for massive reforestation

IN the national papers lately was the news that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order that will expedite the review and approval of infrastructure flagship projects on water security in the country. It directed all agencies to prioritize and complete review and approval of... Read More

Ledesma: Watching Duterte

EACH time President Rodrigo Duterte disappears from the eye of the prowling media, the rumor mill churns speculations he is ill and he is somewhere seeking medical attention. Sometimes this President can be cruel to his critics. The last time, he was missing from the public’s eye, he surfaced... Read More

Ledesma: Remembering a beloved icon

I WILL deviate from my usual subject matter as I wish to give tribute to an iconic landmark that has been a second home to many, including me. Today, we remember the Philamlife Building at U.N. Avenue, Manila.My first encounter with this Icon was on April 19, 1986. It was the wedding of my sister at... Read More

Ledesma: Optimism amidst Covid-19

DEPENDING on one’s character and motivations, the Covid-19 pandemic can be a bane to many but a boon to those who see opportunities under the new normal. Of course, the crisis shocked and dislocated us from our comfort zones. We lost jobs, kept us un the four corners of our home, movements... Read More

Ledesma: Make up and glasses for 2022 

THIS early there is a perceptible move and movements all geared towards 2022 regular elections. These rumblings bring together the political oppositions of varied ideological persuasions, rightists, and the radical left in what looks like they are having a sweetheart deal. This strategy brought Cory... Read More

Tabije: Preserving the earth thru logging, mining

“WHAT? That’s a crazy idea”, is the most common reaction to this idea. The common thinking being that, in fact, logging and mining have contributed much to the problems of climate change, environmental degradation, frequent floods and such in the country. So how can they be the... Read More

Ledesma: The greatest gift  of all

I CAME from a middle single income family. My father was a regular employee while my mother was a full-time housewife. Despite this, they managed to send me and my 3 siblings to a local private school. But I remember, there was a time when our family faced a crisis that affected our finances.... Read More

Ledesma: The prize of a death wish

PILO Hilbay and Erin Tañada exemplify the irrational behavior of today’s opposition and their propaganda machines. Pitiful, for by all indication, they had been nosing around and keeping track of President Rodrigo Duterte who flew quietly to Davao City last weekend. Obviously they... Read More

Tabije: PH performance in global fight against Covid-19

OF late, there have been so many commentaries saying, in so many words, that the Philippines has been a failure in the fight against Covid-19. What is the real score?There are so many factors that can be used to gauge the performance of countries in the fight against Covid-19: (a) no. of tests, (b)... Read More

Ledesma: SPMC the vile critics didn’t know

IF the opposition and their propaganda machinery think they scored big with what they claim was a damaging revelation that the Southern Philippines Medical Center received a huge sum of reimbursements from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, they better save the cow for their party because... Read More

Nieva: SPMC and the heartbeat of Mindanao

THE news headlines labeling Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) as “Davao City hospital” are obviously misleading and have underlying malice. Such morbid typecasting is a blatant insult to the good governance and competent workforce of the hospital that have transformed SPMC into... Read More

Ledesma: The 4-Way Test

I REMEMBER a story shared by my high school teacher about a father, a son, and a pony. One day, the father eagerly put his son on the pony as he was bringing him to the town plaza. On their way, they noticed their neighbors were looking at them saying “look at that boy, he’s younger and... Read More

Ledesma: A symptom of desperation

PEOPLE are getting sick by the thousands but what is sickening is the maniacal glee of some quarters seeing the rise of numbers of people infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Like so many countries we are between the heavens and the deep blue sea but only in the Philippines do we see... Read More

Ledesma: Misreading Duterte

THE telecom duopoly must be feeling the heat of the President’s hyperbole. He wants to speak with God in Bethlehem but all the answers he gets is ‘’ the number you are calling. cannot be reached”.The so-called  “ber” months are just around the corner and... Read More