Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Taking charge of oneself 

THE start of a brand new year is the time for most of us to set our plans for the rest of the year.While we busy ourselves setting the plans for the team and the organization, one very important plan that is often neglected, ignored, and overlooked is our own personal development... Read More

Valera: Exercise of freedom, not freedom from consequences

THE principle of academic freedom has enjoyed an uneven track record in the Philippines. Evidently, the UP is where you see a free public debate, academic research, discussions on Marxist-Leninist, Mao Zedong political thoughts both informal and non-formal education set up. I myself read many of... Read More

Ledesma: What of China?

CHANGES in global events mandate that our political leaders and we as a nation must be circumspect. It requires the shedding off of our prejudices and biases for in the irony of unfolding events our prejudices have become our biases and biases our prejudices.   Because of the Covid-19... Read More

Ledesma: Politics and science don’t mix

IT does not help that there is a large segment of our population who are adamant or downright afraid of Covid-19 vaccination. It is also bad because the issue of where the source or sources of the vaccines are coming from is notoriously politicized. This is most apparent in the Philippines... Read More

Ledesma: What’s the plan? 

IT'S planning season again! As we kick off a new year, different organizations, big or small, private or government, local or multinational are all into planning sessions these days. However, unlike in the previous years when these planning sessions are done either offsite or inside conference... Read More

Ledesma: A great divide in Davao del Norte

HE said a mouthful against the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and finally, on November 15, 2020, resigned as a member of PDP-Laban where he served as Secretary-General for almost five years. Former Speaker now incumbent Representative of District 1 of Davao del Norte, Pantaleon... Read More

Ledesma: Getting to know the people’s choice

IF elections were to be held tomorrow, the next President which the people will vote to succeed Rodrigo R. Duterte will be his own daughter -- the strong-willed Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. This, according to the yearend survey done by Pulse Asia, which ranked her on top of 11... Read More

Laurel: December 2020 cemented the Multi-Polar World

THE European Union and China signed a historic trade pact last December 27, 2020, a trade deal that is as significant as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) cake, which took 10 years to bake and whose icing was completed only last November 15, 2020.History will record the last... Read More

Ledesma: New Year 2021: Road to recovery or relapse

HAPPY New Year! As to how we traditionally welcome the start of a new year, we are again full of hope and anticipation for a better one. And considering what we went through in 2020, we are one in praying and wishing that 2021 will be a better year for us, for our families, for the Filipinos, and... Read More

Ledesma:  2020: The year that was

EVERYONE is excited to end 2020! Just a few more days and finally we bid goodbye to the year that changed our lives and our perspectives of life. There is no argument that 2020 is a year that will forever be etched in our memories for both the good and the bad it brought us. Before we... Read More

Ledesma: Missing the train

THERE is so much ado about members of the Presidential Security Group getting inoculated with  Covid 19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm. Elsewhere on this planet, no one can tell as to how many have procured and managed to obtain doses of vaccine outside of what governments have... Read More

From the Mail: Why Christmas and communism can't genuinely go together

By Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr.I POSTED this December last year (2019) and I am reposting it again to explain why the AFP does not want a ceasefire during the holidays. Around this time last year, after the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) declared a holiday... Read More

Ledesma:  Be the source

IT'S just a few days before Christmas! Filipinos are known in the whole world to have the longest celebration of the Christmas season which usually starts in September, the first of the “ber” months. This is the merriest and most anticipated season in the Philippines.  While... Read More

Ledesma: Two options left for NPAs

JOSE Ma. Sison is furious President Rodrigo Duterte had called it quits as far as peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed elements, the New Peoples Army, is concerned. He is blaming the President for the failed talks claiming that Duterte wants to perpetuate... Read More

Ledesma: 13th-Month Pay: How to spend thee? 

IT'S the time of the year which every employee looks forward to... the season of Christmas Bonus and 13th-month pay (for some it’s even more)! Though some are still uncertain if they will receive one or not, for the majority of the employee force, Bonus it is! As may be expected, the... Read More

Ledesma: Red Army losing men, ground

FOR the last 10 days the  Armed Forces of the Philippines scored big against the New People’s Army of the Communist Party of the Philippines in various places in Mindanao. It started with the killing of Jevilyn Cullamat, an armed medic of an NPA band operating in Marihatag, Surigao... Read More

Ledesma: The bad, the ugly, and the beauty

WE'RE six weeks away to ending the year 2020 which we can all agree was not that kind to the Philippines.In the span of 12 months, we have seen the bad and the ugly that can happen to a country.Just as we were starting 2020, Taalvolcano erupted. That fateful day of Jan 12, about 43 years from its... Read More

Laurel: Kissinger to Biden: Go easy on China

WHILE China and its leadership continue on a one-track express train towards the multi-polar world, helping build (with ASEAN) the gigantic RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) that will include 30% or the world economy and population into one trading bloc, the US continues its... Read More

From the Mail: UNESCO FIASCO: Travesty of justice for Ampatuan massacre victims

By Atty. Perry L. Solis Jr.ACCORDING to a recent Reuter’s headline, “too much politics leaves UNESCO fighting for life.” Indeed, there is much to be desired about the recent actions of the once esteemed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s... Read More

Ledesma: ‘Tis the season to go local and small

DURING this uncertain time, it is just expected that most people will spend more on the basics and eliminate most luxuries. People are more cautious when it comes to spending and budgeting every centavo is a must.It is also during this uncertain time that our small local businesses are most fragile,... Read More