Bliss or misery

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 01/12/2023

In what seemed like a flash in time, my wife and I reached the five-year milestone in our married life last Sunday. We’re lucky we got blessed with a child, now a bubbly four-year-old who’s the center…

Fame and fortune in our lives

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/01/2022

The most popular sport in the world is now holding its once-in-every-four-years World Cup competition in Qatar. Football (soccer to Filipinos) is the most widely watched athletic event on earth. Over a period of 28 days, a…

Crisis of leaders, crisis of voters

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/17/2022

The United States has just gone through one of the most consequential midterm elections in its recent history. Filipinos are keenly interested in the elections in the so-called land of milk and honey, even if we are…

In the midst of a modern world war

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/10/2022

From the traditional viewpoint, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war is a bilateral conflict that only involves two countries engaged in military combat. It is an open secret, however, that multiple nations from at least four continents (Europe, North…

Gov’t must stop being a gambling lord

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/22/2022

What’s the difference between our government and underworld gangsters when it comes to their involvement in gambling? None. Both are immoral opportunists who take advantage of people’s addiction to gambling in order to reap tons of money.…

An internet for the common good

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/15/2022

One of mankind’s greatest inventions is motorized transportation. But it eventually became mankind’s worse invention when the world allowed its unstrained misuse. Mankind is again reaping the rewards of an even greater new invention—the internet. And yet…

Altered news

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 07/14/2022

There’s been a major change in how we get our daily dose of news and entertainment. We are relying less on traditional sources—such as newspapers, television, and movie theaters—and we’re depending more on new providers that utilize…

Wanted: Philippine code of laws

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/30/2022

Everyone is presumed to know the law. Whether young or old, educated or uneducated, rich or poor, Filipinos or non-Filipinos, anyone residing or traveling in our country has the responsibility of knowing our laws. If we don’t,…

A parent’s nightmare

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 06/02/2022

It’s every parent’s nightmare: a child suddenly becomes very sick and ostensibly on the brink of death. It happens at midnight, and the nearest city where the big hospitals are located is 40 kilometers away. My family…

War for our nation’s concept of right and wrong

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/13/2021

In a perfect world, we will elect our next president based on demonstrated qualities of competence, integrity, and compassion. In an ideal reality, it would be so easy to choose who possesses these qualities of leadership among…

The prodigal daughter

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/22/2021

It has all the makings of the classic story of the prodigal child. A rebellious daughter defies her father and runs away from him. She is egged on by, and enticed to join, her scheming friends. To…

The job description of the presidency

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/08/2021

The most important job vacancy in our country will happen in six months. The applicants aspiring to take on the job for the next six years have come forward. The country is now reverberating with so much…

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