Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Shame and scandal in Davao del Norte

A BUDGET for snacks amounting to ₱32-million pesos in the midst of a pandemic is not only cruel but outrageous! That translates to about ₱88,000 per day to include Saturdays and Sundays or ₱122,000 daily if you exclude the weekends. Now if that is not cruelty and brazenly immoral I do not know... Read More

Gomez: A Promdi Christmas

AS a Promdi (that’s someone “from the province” for you), I’m no stranger to spending Christmases away from my home in Davao City.When I was growing up, for example, my family and I would spend Christmas Day in Daliao, Toril, where my cousins lived. That was how it’s... Read More

Ledesma: Sara’s wish

WHILE we, for one brief moment, wish to forget politics we cannot escape the heat and the beat from the simmering December. The May 22  regular elections is just a nap away and not even the coldness of December wind or the wrath of Odette can temper the mood of the time. All surveys... Read More

Ledesma: 2021: From worst to good

IN just a few more days, we draw the curtain for 2021.  Coming from a year that gave us the covid-19 pandemic outbreak and brought almost everyone in a downward spiral, we started 2021 still with an ounce of pessimism.  As much as we wanted to face it more positively, we were... Read More

Ledesma: Herd immunity, Pharmally, and Blue Ribbon Committee

AS I write this piece the Covid -19 new cases in the Philippines is down to less than 500. This week too an unprecedented 24-million doses of various vaccines arrived in the country thus ensuring a substantial supply of vaccines from now all the way to the first quarter of 2022.  About 55%... Read More

Gomez: Davao stories

DAVAO City may be many things to other people. Frontier land. Gateway. Food basket. Melting pot and migrants’ haven. Fruit capital. But for me, it will always be one thing: home.Although born in Manila, I grew up and spent all my adult life here. My youth, from the 1960s to the 1970s, was... Read More

Ledesma: How can I help you?

IN my new favorite medical drama series "New Amsterdam”, the main character Dr. Max Goodwin, assumed the job of running the New Amsterdam Hospital and started bringing back humanity, decency, and purpose in the workplace by asking everyone a basic question: "How can I help... Read More

Ledesma: Power grab

THE unethical takeover of commercially viable franchise areas of Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO) by the Davao Light and Power Company via an equally immoral legislative route is despicable, to say the least.  DLPC, an Aboitiz Power firm, wormed its way via the congressional... Read More

Ledesma: Where will it bring us?

WHEN we were kids, my late grandfather will always remind us that for every action we do, every word we say, and every choice we make, there is always a corresponding consequence. That it will surely result in something good or something bad, not only immediately, but... Read More

Ledesma: Bong Go decides

THE withdrawal of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go from the Presidential derby came as a surprise as when he was pushed by party leadership into the race.  I can feel the excruciating predicament he suddenly found himself in. He was 40 days into his Vice Presidential quest when Davao... Read More

Ledesma: Is Parlade someone’s marionette?

ANTONIO Parlade, Jr. filed a Certificate of Candidacy for president and came out berserk accusing Sen. Bong Go as “kasama siya sa problema ng bayan” but ended saying “I will not explain”. Maybe pressed by the media to elucidate on his accusation he claimed that Bong Go, a... Read More

Ledesma: A narrative to a political destiny

FOR those not familiar with how politicians indulge in the vagaries of the electoral contest, the unfolding of events, starting with the withdrawal of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte for her re-election bid, is an enigma. This, after she made an announcement each time she is asked or prodded to... Read More

Ledesma: Starting to enjoy the ride

AS of this writing, the Philippine Stock Market Index (PSEi) has just breached the 7300 level. Though further corrections are still expected, analysts say that it will hover around 6,900 to 7,300 levels before it breaks another threshold by yearend.  This means that if... Read More

Ledesma:  2022 polls the race of the dead

THERE had been so many arguments and extraneous explanations about who should get the credit for the enforcement of the 13th-month pay. Let’s face it, the strict implementation of the 13th-month pay was during the time of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.  The “dictator”, as the... Read More

From the Mail: An Open Letter to UP Visayas Community

THE dialogue between the Regional Task Force-ELCAC 6 and UP Visayas officials on October 29, 2021 drew flak from different organizations of the university.The following organizations made their remarks and demanded transparency and accountability:1. UP Visayas University Student Council (UPV USC);2.... Read More

Ledesma: Leni sa ‘bibig nahuhuli’

THERE is a Filipino proverb which says, “Ang isda ay  sa bibig nahuhuli”. Translated into English: “the fish is caught by its mouth”.  Another way of saying it: “Ang isda’y sa kanyang labi nahuhuli, At ang tao nama’y sa... Read More

Ledesma: It’s a season of weird promises

THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has announced that the  La Nina phenomenon has started. This means most of Luzon, Visayas, and the National Capital Region will experience above normal rainfall conditions that will last up to the 1st quarter... Read More

Ledesma: Who among the VP bets can deliver?

SOME quarters are belittling Vice Presidential aspirant Christopher “Bong” Go. A first-termer in the Senate, yes, yet he is always part of the vilification campaign by “Oust Duterte“ movement and the opposition propaganda machinery from day one. Starting off as an... Read More

Badoy: The Ignoble Nobel

I HAD to sit in silence since finding out that one of the most despised and least trusted persons in the Philippines has been given the Nobel Peace Prize for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression” in one of the most vibrant democracies in the world with such an excess of... Read More

Ledesma: The Yellow Ribbon Committee

THE Blue Ribbon Committee has become a virtual Yellow Ribbon Committee. It took us for a ride around the globe. It purports to do investigation in aid of legislation but the truth, as it is turning out, is that it has become a veritable investigation for re-election. This is a... Read More