Opinion and Commentary

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

Ledesma: Expect the best, prepare for the worst

WE all make plans, either personal or business-related. And when we plan, it’s human nature to always expect that things will work out the way we want it, the way we planned it. We set our own expectations. And when things didn’t go as expected, we feel unhappy and... Read More

Ledesma: A period of discernment

DAVAO City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is on leave from October 5 to 8. Again it has stirred the hornet’s nest. She personally announced that it will be for a medical leave in Singapore but some quarters are not buying that. Interestingly, the dates the Commission on Elections has... Read More

Ledesma: Imponderables

“IT ain't over till the fat lady sings". It simply means that one should not rush to judgment or presume to know what is ahead on an ongoing event. This saying aptly applies to the many changes obtaining in plans and organizations that pertain to the regular elections in 2022. The... Read More

Ledesma: Salute to our educational front-liners 

WHEN we talk about front liners, the first persons to come into our mind are our medical health workers - doctors, nurses, and allied medical staff. These are the people who, on a daily basis, go out and risk their lives to take care of the sick and to keep us safe and healthy.... Read More

Ledesma: Give way to young leaders

HARDCORE loyalists of President Rodrigo R. Duterte are mustering the courage to plead to him to give way for Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte to run for President by setting aside his plan to run for Vice President.  The pillars of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, a regional party formed and... Read More

Ledesma: Brazen and shameless politicking

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) has become a veritable stage of political zarzuela where the grand inquisitors made the nation believe they have discovered a mountain of corruption in government overpriced purchases of personal protective equipment. Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Dick... Read More

Ledesma: I have money! Where do I put it?

NOT having money is a serious problem. Having money but not knowing how to properly handle them is an equally serious problem. Of course, between the two, we will all choose the latter. It is a positive problem that we can all wish for. But sad to say, a number of... Read More

Ledesma: What Davao clique?

SOME senators have selective memory. In the Senate's current investigation, they were talking of prices of personal protective equipment medical commodities today and stonewalled how much were the prices of the same items when the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) declared pandemic... Read More

Ledesma: Reporma’s criteria didn’t spare Miriam

REP. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez seemed to be careless these days not only about his health but his utterances. He can be tactless with his off-the-cuff statements and this had brought him some troubles in the past and then …now.In a recent interview with ANC Christian... Read More

Ledesma: The wheels of political fortune in Davao del Norte

FOR several decades, elections in Davao del Norte had always been bland as the results could always be predicted months ahead of the actual polls. While they were not commanded or persuaded whom to vote electorates have their ears close to the ground and watched the body language of their... Read More

Ledesma: From experience to essential economy 

CONSUMER analysts are saying that every crisis triggers a change in the behavior of the buying public. This current health crisis is no different. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a major shift in how consumers are spending and what they are spending on.  From the pre-pandemic... Read More

Ledesma: Do not test Sara’s patience

VICE President Leni Robredo is having a morbid fear. She cannot stand another six years of a Duterte administration. Obviously, she is referring to Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte who is leading in all Presidential surveys. The same anxiety disorder could describe Manila Mayor Isko Moreno... Read More

Ledesma: Making it through as virtual leaders

AS a result of the quarantines and lockdowns caused by the ongoing health crisis, the leaders of today found themselves navigating through the realm of virtual leadership. While some leaders of some multi-national companies have been doing virtual leadership before, the... Read More

Ledesma: The Mindanao Olympians

THE signs of the times give glimpses of what’s up in the future. The coronavirus disease 2019 will be with us in various variants, but how long will it persist is for science to grapple with. So much stock knowledge made possible the quick development of vaccines and which have been proven to... Read More

Ledesma: A leader’s challenge: M.E. in the new world 

THE world is changing. And it's changing fast. The current pandemic has changed our world in a manner and speed that we have not seen and experienced before. The world we know 12 months ago is no longer the world we now have. In order to survive and thrive in what is now called the new normal, we... Read More

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