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…

PH gov’t is biggest violator of workers’ rights

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 02/15/2021

The government is so high-strung and unforgiving in commanding private employers to pay their employees minimum salaries and other benefits made mandatory by law. The Philippine government, however, is a huge hypocrite, because it’s the biggest abuser…

Disastrous propaganda or brazen intimidation?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 02/01/2021

Professional members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police must be cringing in embarrassment after witnessing blunder upon blunder being committed by their organizations. First, the AFP made a list of University…

Yet another reckless police investigation

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 01/11/2021

Our country ushered in the year 2021 with the tragic death of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Dacera right on New Year’s day itself. Dacera’s death has become tremendously heartbreaking, not because of the circumstances that led to…

Dream statement for PNP on Tarlac double murder

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/28/2020

The police uniform has once again been tarnished by a reprehensible incident involving one who wears it. Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca shot dead two civilians, Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, in Tarlac over…

Christmas with the virus

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/21/2020

It’s a Christmas season stripped of a large part of the rituals of merriment we’ve grown used to during our lives. The multiple parties, caroling children, firecracker noise, the retreat to our provincial roots, and even the…

Trump and Duterte

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/09/2020

Will there be shades of the 2020 US presidential election in our own 2022 presidential election? Or are we seeing vivid colors of Philippine elections in the ongoing US elections? Both US President Donald Trump and Philippine…

Five years of ‘opening a vein and bleeding’

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/26/2020

Exactly five years ago today, I began writing as an opinion columnist of this paper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). It has been a weekly ritual of “open(ing) a vein and bleed(ing) onto a page,” as one…

The true meaning of trees

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/19/2020

Seven months of quarantine restrictions have given me and my wife the time to embark on a wonderful hobby that we would not have been able to do under the work schedule I had before the pandemic.…

Find your ‘normal’ in these abnormal times

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/28/2020

When the government announced last March the first of a series of nationwide lockdowns, I feared that the country would not be able to endure more than three months of severe restrictions before our nation’s economy would…

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