Scale down on testing, scale up on vaccines

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2021

The strategy being pursued by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19 is failing. It’s resulting in a waste of public funds, with little hope of slowing down the pandemic. Everyone is quarreling about the correct…

The virus finally caught up with me

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 08/30/2021

Before the first pandemic lockdown was imposed in March 2020, I hastily retreated from Makati City to my wife’s hometown in Alcala, Cagayan, hoping that I would have better chances of avoiding the virus from there. Last…

Opposition: Purists vs pragmatists

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 08/09/2021

The crusade to unite the opposition under a single presidential candidate is facing a divisive issue between pragmatists and purists. The pragmatists are led by Vice President Leni Robredo, while the purists are spearheaded by former senator…

Two worlds at war

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 08/02/2021

One of the many consequences of President Duterte’s reign as our nation’s top leader is that it has exposed the existence of two different worlds in our midst. We’ve felt parts of these two different realities in…

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…

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