Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Campaign, libel and all that jazz

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... Read More

Ledesma: The HnP election juggernaut

THE senatorial and Party-List race has begun and for the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HnP), the starting point is in vote-rich Pampanga. It is a show of force, a second chapter in the emerging Regional Party that in the first canto of its foray in national politics cut short the term of the third most... Read More

Ledesma: Sen. Bong Go? Why not?

BONG Go, the special assistant to the President and now a senatorial candidate, recently landed in the 5-6 slot in the SWS survey. Promptly, as if on cue, he was a subject of unkind and cruel vilification aimed at, how else but, dislodging him from the comfortable lead and picture him as nothing but... Read More

From the Mail: Dengvaxia mob

 By Undersecretary Lorraine T. BadoyTHE Dengvaxia issue has taken on a life of its own so that, in order to clarify and hopefully, to calm and erase confusion, I have thought it best to write a list.Just so we’re clear as day.1. Does the Dengvaxia issue fall under the PCOO’s... Read More

Ledesma: Davao City’s Bulk Water Project

DAVAO City is providentially endowed with great and unique resources: fertile soil, rivers and streams, forest reserves where lies the recharge areas of its rich aquifers. Much of its watershed areas had been raped by loggers who made fortunes out of the mahoganies that they cut and exported. Many... Read More

Ledesma: Weakness and apathy invite aggression

THE deadly blast in Jolo of Mt. Carmel Cathedral ushered gory memories of similar vicious bombing incidents of San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City. These dastardly and bestial attacks especially on the house of worship are condemned by both Christian and Islamic religions and can only be carried out... Read More

Ledesma: Even the heavens rebuke Andaya

EX-majority Floor Leader Rolando Andaya’s attempt at dramatics is a foolishly childish adventurism that it only invited speculations why he cannot come to terms with Budget Sec. Ben Diokno on the figures which he claimed were insertions made by the latter. He assailed the idea of having... Read More

Ledesma: Dirty tricks on Cusi, et. al., won’t wash

NOT too long ago, I wrote a piece about the headline of a  Manila-based tabloid  “Abante” and its website which facetiously assailed the integrity of Energy Sec. Al Cusi, PNOC Pres. Reuben Lista and TRANSCO Pres. Melvin Matibag. I was initially curious about the issues they... Read More

Ledesma: De Lima’s glass detention cell

SENATOR Leila de Lima is a marvel. Despite her being confined in a detention cell for charges involving drug-related issues she gets an enviable media mileage which other legislators can only salivate for. Not even ex-Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was illegally detained, had the same luxury.... Read More

Ledesma: Political morons

I OFTEN wondered why and what have we done as a nation that we are given this scourge – a Lower Chamber in Congress where political morons and hungry hyenas thrive and fight over our tax that they cannot agree how much to allocate for what and for whom without thinking in single and possessive... Read More

Ledesma: Joma’s incurable phantasmagoria

I DO not know why Jose Ma. Sison still makes it to the front pages despite the fact that his statements proceed from plain hallucination. His recent declaration is that for the year 2019, the CPP/NPA main agenda is to oust Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Funny and pathetic because since day one of his trip... Read More

Ledesma: The honor rolls and the dropouts

I ALWAYS do a final accounting of how characters especially decision makers and institutions influence our lives for the last 365 days. This is sort of a simple math and will try my best not to overdo or under-rate for after all, this is not about figures so trust me I will not do a booboo like what... Read More

Ledesma: My Davao City and what looms ahead

THE horrendous traffic experienced by both motorists and pedestrian in Davao City last week gave us a preview of what will happen in this southern capital in the next couple of years. For now, however, some measures can be enforced to mitigate the problem which actually arose from the various... Read More

From the Mail: A culture of negativity

By Atty. Abraham A. AgamataTHE last quarter of 2018 saw significant gains for the Philippines in terms of protecting media workers. Last October, the Philippines was named by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as one of the countries with an improved status in its 2018 Global Impunity Index.... Read More

From the Mail: Soft launch of PH-Korea Society to boost economic ties

By Ben CalThe strong diplomatic ties between the Philippines and South Korea will get a boost following the soft launch of the Philippines-Korea Society at the Makati Shangri-la on Thursday.“The Philippines-Korea Society will definitely provide a great venue to discuss and exchange information... Read More

Ledesma: The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful

WE are about to end the year and here’s a broad perspective from your letter writer from the boondocks of Mindanao. This is strictly personal and I will not begrudge anyone from flagellating me should they disagree. After all, contrary to the martyr of the western press, Maria Ressa, anywhere... Read More

Ledesma: The wrath of Mindanao

THOSE senators opposed to the extension of martial law in Mindanao should ponder now on their “bright opinions” which simplistically state that there is absolutely no basis at all to justify its continued enforcement in the region.Hardly had the resonance of the speeches of opposition... Read More

Ledesma: What's the fuss about Tax Evasion?

THE United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, has a litany of credentials which could account for his hubris in calling the attention of sovereign nations for what he suspects go beyond the norm and standard expected of civilized nations.Kaye has become too swell headed... Read More

Ledesma: Fun run in Davao

ELECTIONS are months away but in Davao del Norte intense under currents are felt in not a few towns with the epicenter in District 1, the main battle ground that pits incumbent Gov. Anthony “AGR” del Rosario and ex-speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez in the congressional... Read More

From the Mail: Japanese invasion on PH 77 years ago recalled

By Ben CalMANILA -- Exactly 77 years ago today, Dec. 8, Japanese forces invaded the Philippines in a sneak attack on military installations in Luzon, 10 hours after Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was bombed, triggering World War II in the Pacific.American and Filipino forces were completely caught by... Read More