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…

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…

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