Opinion and Commentary

Ledesma: Respond, don’t just react

WHEN we are faced with a situation, especially stressful ones, we either react or respond. Is there a difference?  In our everyday conversation, we usually use the words react and respond, to mean the same. Yes, there may be a slight difference between these two words, but in practice,... Read More

Ledesma: Real friends, real foes in time of crisis

THE horror of the grotesque specter of nearly half a million people getting severely ill and thousands dying each day in India is, to say the least, frightening and nightmarish.  If we trace back the cause of the meteoric rise of COVID-19 infections it indubitably points to the unbridled... Read More

From the Mail: Senator Lacson's rejoinder to Mr. Ledesma's column

May 3, 2021 LUIS A. MORENTE Executive Editor Philippine News Agency Visayas, Avenue, Quezon City Dear Sir, Please allow us to set the record straight involving the claims made by Mr. Jun Ledesma in his column published by the Philippine News Agency last April 30, where he accused senators, including... Read More

From the Mail: Ressa’s UNESCO award no surprise

Atty. Perry L. Solis, Jr.AS a former member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) jury that gives away the award from 2016 and its president in 2018, it comes as no surprise that Fil-American Maria Ressa has been chosen as this year’s winner... Read More

Ledesma: Joma cheering his new Legal Front?

FIFTEEN senators including the Majority Floor Leader and former President of the Ruling Party signed a resolution that censures National Task Force to End Local Communist Insurgency spokesperson, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. after he branded the move to defund  NTF-ELCAC... Read More

Ledesma: Be aware and beware 

CALL  it “Oust Duterte cabal”, “rabid black propagandists” “Dilawans”, “1sambayan”, “destabilizers” or “xenophobic clique”. When you put them all together you see the same faces.  It’s a coterie of... Read More

Ledesma: The doubting Tomases

TWO Sundays ago, the gospel was about the story of disciple Tomas who refused to believe that Jesus has resurrected and appeared to the other disciples only because he was not around when it happened. He had to see it with his own eyes and only then he believed that indeed Jesus has... Read More

Ledesma: Tit for tat and all those jazz

FILIPINOS are either enamored with the probinsyano President Rodrigo Duterte or regard him with contemptuous ill will. We have here a leader whose uncanny idiosyncracies are not akin to the norm of traditional politicians thus we see a clash of sentiments among those who trust and approve of... Read More

Ledesma: Keep clients from pushing the panic button 

PANDEMIC hits the market anew. Soon after the government announced that the National Capital Region plus some nearby provinces will be placed under ECQ for at least two weeks, the market plunged back to the 6,400 level and heavy foreign selling was observed. The Philippine stock market ushered 2021... Read More

Ledesma: Journalistic fraud

IN my recent article “Nitpicking” I pointed out the dubious if not diabolic agenda of opposition quarters at discrediting and demonizing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in every turn, creating mountains out of molehills and deliberately ignoring the achievements that this administration had... Read More

Badoy: On the defense of COURAGE by government workers

TODAY, we had to witness, once again, the travesty made commonplace by the CPP-NPA-NDF: the shameless spectacle of government workers who break Civil Service laws by brazenly undermining the work of an institution they are part of and do great harm to the country whose Constitution and Democracy... Read More

Ledesma:  Ignite: Passion, purpose, persistence

HAPPY Easter to all! Easter Sunday is considered by us Christians, as the most important and sacred Sunday of the entire year. It commemorates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus to heaven. Without this very important part, Jesus simply dies and that's it. But his resurrection represents... Read More

Ledesma: Nitpicking 

FOR President Rodrigo R. Duterte, unprecedented Trust and Approval ratings came at a price. He is not in the running for the 2022 Presidential elections but the turrets of the fragmented political opposition are all aimed at him. And this includes the propaganda machinery which shamelessly... Read More

Ledesma: A Lenten Reflection: Modern-day Simon of Cyrene

HOLY Week is a time to pause and focus on the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this is the 2nd year that we will not be able to observe it as we used to. But this should not prevent us from reflecting on its... Read More

Ledesma: A decadent conspiracy

IT is now obvious X-Justice Antonio Carpio has been consumed with a burning desire to oust Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte. And there is more to it than politics.  It can all be about Scarborough and what is beneath the bowels of that atoll and that power grab and the only means to achieve these... Read More

Ledesma:  To V or not to V

THE country’s vaccination program against the COVID-19 is now happening in some of our major cities, my hometown Davao City included. The vaccination started last March 1 with the 600,000 doses of Sinovac from China. We also received on March 4 the initial 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca's... Read More

Ledesma: Beware of elixir of fame, Pacman 

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao has been going around recently in what he asserts as a way to help those in need. There is nothing wrong with that. Manny, the legendary boxing hero is known to be generous to his friends. His sudden and recent act of charity, however, is tainted with politics. He has been... Read More

Ledesma: Proudly a woman. Proudly a Filipina. 

IN celebration of International Woman’s Month, I wish to acknowledge and highlight how Filipinas have continued to advance their roles and contributions to our society. Gone were the days when women of our country were expected to stay behind the shadow of their fathers and their... Read More

Ledesma: Confusing the enemy

PRESIDENT Rodrigo  Duterte is a killjoy. He just told Leni Robredo to shut up. In this time of the pandemic, I can fault the President for depriving us of the hilarious remarks of the Vice President. She has a natural talent for comedic repartees which are veritable catharsis given the... Read More

Ledesma: What keeps Filipinos from preparing for the future 

EVERY Filipino parent wants the best education for their children. Every working Filipino looks forward to good and comfortable retirement life. Every Filipino wants to have the best medical care as needed. All these need advanced preparation. The question is: Are Filipinos making the right... Read More