The adobo rebellion

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 07/19/2021

A huge uproar was created by the government when it announced recently that it has formed a technical committee to decide on a “national standard for adobo.” It triggered agitation among the people and earned heaps of…

Mayor Isko: Everything to gain, everything to lose

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 07/12/2021

Manila City Mayor Francisco Moreno Domagoso (Isko Moreno) would be the third city mayor to become our country’s president if he runs and wins in the presidential election next year. He will follow in the footsteps of…

Will his death trigger a national soul-searching?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/28/2021

The biggest political paradox in our nation’s history is this—our 15th president, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, was the best president our country ever had by all standards. But why did we end up choosing his polar opposite…

The impact of Bensouda’s request

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/21/2021

Justice is finally on its way to knock at the house of impunity. International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced last week that that there is reasonable basis to believe that murders have been committed…

Leni vs. Sara

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/14/2021

If Sara Duterte throws her hat in the ring and ends up winning the presidency next year, it will be the third parent-and-child pair to capture the highest elective post in our country’s history. We’ve had a…

Silver bullet for our country’s problems

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/07/2021

We were treated to a string of inspiring news in the past couple of days about numerous high school students in the provinces who have been offered admission and scholarships in universities abroad. These are personal feats,…

Comparing past and present senators

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 05/31/2021

It’s a lamentation expressed with increasing regularity these days. It appeared again on my social media network recently—the faces of senators of the past renowned for their brilliance, juxtaposed with pictures of senators of the present who…

What explains Duterte’s behavior toward China?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 05/10/2021

It’s hard to imagine how any Filipino can be supportive of President Duterte’s submissive, fawning behavior toward China notwithstanding the latter’s belligerent claim over a huge area of our marine-rich waters. No matter how disillusioned we may…

7 ‘reasons’ why gov’t fears community pantries

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 04/26/2021

It was a very simple act. A young woman brought out a small bamboo cart filled with fresh vegetables, canned goods, and other essentials. On cardboard pieces, she scribbled “Community Pantry” and the very plain words that…

Manila has fallen

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 04/05/2021

I’m referring not just to the old city of Manila, but to the 16 cities of the entire Metro Manila area. From the vantage point of those who are in the provinces like me, the COVID-19 contagion…

Bong, Sara, Manny: Faces of continuity

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 03/22/2021

A Go-Duterte tandem is now being bruited about as the ruling administration’s winning card in the 2022 elections. President Duterte himself declared that Sen. Bong Go wants to run for president. In turn, Go said he will…

Humor as antidote to fake news, bad gov’t

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 03/08/2021

Did anyone notice how the tone of criticism against the ruling administration has shifted from angry condemnation to humorous protestation? We see this from the proliferation of jokes, hilarious memes, and sarcastic commentaries that expose our leaders…

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