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…

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…

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