Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Partido Reporma a ruling party?

IT’S  intriguing how Sen. Ping Lacson and Senate Pres. Tito Sotto arrived at a decision of latching at the moribund Partido Para sa Demokratikong Reporma, or Partido Reporma. Renato de Villa founded Partido Reporma in 1998 after he failed to get nominated as Presidential bet of... Read More

Ledesma: This much I know about PRRD

HOW much do I know of PRRD? I have been asked that a couple of times before and after the 2016 presidential elections. Obviously and understandably, the reason behind this was that too little was known of Duterte. In retrospect, nothing much has been altered actually.  Not much has changed... Read More

Ledesma: Man at work and money at work: How to do both

GROWING up, the only way I know how to earn money is by working. Either one gets employed or one puts up a business. In most of the families I know back then, the only source of income was the MAN AT WORK, referred to as the breadwinner. During that time, double-income families were not yet... Read More

Ledesma: Quo vadis Koko, Pacman?

THE surveys done by Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Station had been consistent. Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte had been leading the surveys. Atty. Howard Calleja, a convenor of 1Sambayan that had imploded before it can take off is still hoping the rating of the presidential daughter... Read More

Ledesma: My second wave turned 1 

WITH much reluctance, I got my computer and wrote my first column for the local weekly newspaper, Mindanao Journal. This was one year ago and the title of my column was “Second Wave”. That was just a few months after I retired from my job for 27 years and thought of... Read More

Ledesma: The unfolding of a grand alliance

SOMETHING there is that the opposition will find discomfiting and could paralyze them to inactivity and defeat. They had been busy speculating on whether or not Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is running for Vice President and cheering Sen. Manny Pacquiao aimless shotgun accusation of alleged corruption in... Read More

Ledesma:  This girl Is on FIRE… and you can be, too

THERE’S no doubt that the past 15 months have prompted many to take a serious look not only at their health status but at their financial standing, as well. The surge in the number of searches and researches on life and medical insurance, investment, and other... Read More

Ledesma: Duterte a lame duck?

PIA Ranada of Rappler did an interview with Ana Tabunda of Pulse Asia. It is obvious that this is part of the pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) and also a pre-election agenda that Rappler had plotted. Pia came prepared with her questions which were liberally laced with opinions but she failed... Read More

Ledesma: Planning for your retirement just as important 

WHEN you ask most parents if they were able to save or invest in educational plans for their children, there’s a strong likelihood that the answer is a big yes. But ask again if they have secured funds for their own retirement, it’s most likely that their response is the... Read More

Ledesma: The silence of Mindanao

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a domineering institution that is presented as a prosecutor and judge at the same time. It does not respect the justice system of sovereign nations and lump the victims of its misplaced prejudices with countries that have neither functioning... Read More

Ledesma: How pandemic changed our spending behaviors

ANYONE who has attended a webinar, or has hosted a party over zoom, or has ordered groceries or medicines to be delivered at home; or has watched a concert via live streaming for the first time will agree that the covid-19 crisis has profoundly changed our spending behaviors... Read More

Ledesma: Oh no, not again! 

WHILE NCR plus the nearby provinces are now under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), my beloved Davao City is once again put under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until June 20.  This is following a significant increase in our number of new cases for the past... Read More

Ledesma: Belittling yet scared of Sara 

HOW can Davao City Inday Sara Duterte deter anyone from running for any elective position? For that matter, how can one inherit an elective post making it sound and appear like it can be handed to an heir on a silver platter? Whoever thinks we are a monarchy where power may be inherited might want... Read More

Ledesma: Does CHR condemn Kieth’s murder or the use of APMs?

FINALLY, the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed combatant, the New People’s Army, owned up to the brutal and senseless murder of a young athlete, Kieth Absalon, and his cousin Nolven. There is simply no way for denial as the preponderance of pieces of... Read More

Ledesma: Creating something good out of bad 

 WE'RE nto the 15th month of the covid pandemic. Can you still remember and picture how you were 15 months ago? What were you busy with, what preoccupied your schedule, what did you do during your spare time, etc?  I bet there’s been a marked change between how you were doing... Read More

Ledesma: The doyen and the newbie

NO one is going to argue that the  Minority Floor Leader, Franklin Drilon, is a doyen in the Philippine Senate. He is an old hand, a guru in some respect and a legal luminary. I have always voted for him because I believed that with his knowledge and experience he can help craft and refine... Read More

Ledesma: Life insurance industry: Thriving under a united front  

AS pandemic hit our country’s economy last year, not a few companies and industries experienced either degrowth, slow down, and even closure. We can only count with our fingers in one hand those who managed to perform well in 2020. It’s good to note that one of the few sectors that... Read More

Ledesma: Why is there life in Davao City?

DABAWENYOS have a declarative statement that aptly encapsulates what this southern capital is to its roughly 1.6-million residents: LIFE IS HERE!Let me walk you briefly from where we came from. Since 1988 when Rodrigo R. Duterte took over as Mayor he rallied the people to rise against organized... Read More

Ledesma: The younger, the better 

“THE best thing about growing up is you get to manage your own life”. -- Anonymous  I always look forward to being invited to speak before students on life insurance and investment. Have done this several times for both high school and college graduate students. Though these... Read More

Ledesma: Water is life

LET’S leave the issue of Scarborough now that we knew former Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III and his ilks abandoned it and all this time they had taken us for a ride. Instead, let’s delve into another subject more important than the sea west of the Philippines and south of China. Potable... Read More