Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: The impact of Marawi siege

The urban war in Marawi defines the finest moment of Muslims and Christians ties and brotherhood in the face of a ruthless aggressor that wrecked the erstwhile pristine and quiet Islamic City in the Philippines. ... Read More

Ledesma: Peddlers of fear

I was taken aback and still cannot believe what I heard. The chief enforcer of martial law during the Marcos dictatorial regime, then Major. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, has issued a warning against abuses of the military under incumbent Pres. Rodrigo Duterte!... Read More

Ledesma: Martial Law

When you have a situation like marauding Maute terrorists taking control of the entire City of Marawi better brace yourself for the worse. If these elements were able to penetrate Marawi almost without any resistance be cautious they might have slipped through sleeping security cordons in other soft... Read More

Ledesma: Of Alejano and OBOR

Gary Alejano, a marionette of yet another fluke in the senate -- Antonio Trillanes -- looked pathetic trying to defend himself as well as the litany of charges he filed against Pres. Rodrigo Duterte before the Justice Committee in the House of Representatives. ... Read More

Ledesma: Sublime paradox

The critics of President Rodrigo Duterte have increased in numbers but raised the same issues that had been rehashed many times over. Political harassments, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings and befriending China, among others. ... Read More

Ledesma: Gina is Mine alone

Stonewalled in the din and rankle whipped by the rejection of the appointment of Gina Lopez as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are issues which were not brought to the fore. It is vital as it defines what DENR will be under Gina had she won the nod of the... Read More

Ledesma: I believe Gina can still fly

Gina Lopez bowed out of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in a manner and classic idiosyncrasy this time warbling the 1996 hit by R. Kelly - "I believe I can fly". The import of the song can simply mean she can do what she had thought she cannot and that she can do anything to... Read More

Ledesma: Will trust on USA last?

Survey says there are more Filipinos who trust the United States of America than China and Russia. I will not contradict this. From child to adulthood my generation and those before and after me had been conditioned that Americans are our saviors and that the chink-eyed Chinese and Japanese are the... Read More

Ledesma: Changes beyond the seas

“Half-full, half-empty”. That’s how psychologists tell us about our outlook in life. This too applies with the oceans. It can be seen as waters that bridge or divides nations. ... Read More

Ledesma: Shabby political propaganda

Jude Sabio, like Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas, is an unknown lawyer. His name like the two self-confessed ‘murderers’, surfaced only when the two triggermen and Senator Antonio Trillanes and Vice President Leni Robredo surreptitiously went abroad. ... Read More

Ledesma: Influential Man

You cannot argue with judgment that comes from the world over. Sorry but I have to disagree with Malacanang spokesman who hinted that the votes which made Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte land on top of Time Magazine search for the Most Influential Person come from his compatriots. ... Read More

Ledesma: Rice

There seems to be no end to the squabble over whether or not we should import rice and who will be given the authority to do so. Importation of rice has always been a source of graft and corruption in the country and those who were in the helm of the National Food Authority have become filthy rich... Read More

Ledesma: TADECO

What is it about the Tagum Agicultural Development Corporation that makes it different from the rest of the players in the banana industry. First we have to correct some impressions that the latter's contract with the Bureau of Corrections which is under the Department of Justice, is but a... Read More

Ledesma: A 'mandirigma' hounds PCSO

Before President Rodrigo Duterte took over the helm of the national government, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) was a boon to illegal gambling operators, local government officials and top ranking policemen and some members of media. But PCSO was a bane to the Executive Department... Read More

Ledesma: Leni, how could you?

I don't know what got into the brains of VP Leni Robredo. She is missing a lot of opportunities to prove she can lead. Given an important Housing portfolio that would have endeared her to the mass base, she squandered her time and opportunity by traveling in the US and cavort with a cabal of... Read More

Ledesma: Sheer stupidity

The Magdalo boys got a rebuke from House Speaker Bebot Alvarez. The spoiled brats in the House of Representatives filed an impeachment complaint against President Duterte shortly before Congress suspended its sessions. The speaker was not amused.Interviewed by the media on his reaction to the move... Read More

Ledesma: Welcome to Davao City

When the Philippine electorate chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte President, they did it for a number of reasons. They have seen how the City metamorphosed from once dubbed as the country's "killing fields" into the most peaceful and livable city and rated as the 9th most peaceful in the... Read More

Ledesma: Leaks and comedy

Rainy days are over but leaks are still very much around us. 'Naga Leaks' which others dub as 'Leni Leaks' gave us a prelude to what looks like well-kept secrets of couple Jesse and Leni Robredo. 'Deception' is the title of the expose. It is a compendium of a masterfully crafted sequence of... Read More

Ledesma: Much ado about nothing

With the inconsequential number of participants in the observance of EDSA revolt, the message is clear that the event has lost its significance. The one bright shining moment in our history has lost its embers expunged by divisive politics and sectors who thought they have the title to that small... Read More

Ledesma: Of fairy tales, destiny and karma

The tales of fantasy of self-confessed murderer Edgar Matobato and now gun-for-hire cop Arthur Lascañas (by his own assertion) can make a good material for a documentary film except that the script is so replete with incredulities that are weaved in dubious political agenda aimed not only in... Read More