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…

China and our next president

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/25/2021

One of the most important issues that voters need to consider in choosing our country’s next president should be the candidates’ respective positions on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) controversy. We need to know what every candidate…

What explains Marcos Jr.’s popularity?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/18/2021

A week after our presidential candidates were officially made known, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is emerging as a huge front-runner. If elections were held today, he would become our country’s next president. In the most recent Pulse…

Pharmally and the court of public opinion

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/04/2021

From the way President Duterte has been rabidly defending the people involved in the Pharmally controversy, he acts and talks like a lawyer trying to prevent his clients from getting convicted in a court of law. He…

The defeat of the trolls

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/27/2021

There’s been a dramatic and much welcomed turning of the tide in our country’s political cyberspace. The trolls are being trounced and they’re in a humiliating retreat. Trolls are people who hide under fictitious names online. They…

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…

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