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…

Trump and Duterte

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 11/09/2020

Will there be shades of the 2020 US presidential election in our own 2022 presidential election? Or are we seeing vivid colors of Philippine elections in the ongoing US elections? Both US President Donald Trump and Philippine…

Five years of ‘opening a vein and bleeding’

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/26/2020

Exactly five years ago today, I began writing as an opinion columnist of this paper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). It has been a weekly ritual of “open(ing) a vein and bleed(ing) onto a page,” as one…

The true meaning of trees

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/19/2020

Seven months of quarantine restrictions have given me and my wife the time to embark on a wonderful hobby that we would not have been able to do under the work schedule I had before the pandemic.…

Find your ‘normal’ in these abnormal times

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/28/2020

When the government announced last March the first of a series of nationwide lockdowns, I feared that the country would not be able to endure more than three months of severe restrictions before our nation’s economy would…

Use papaya whitening soap on Manila Bay

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2020

I have a stinking suspicion that the government officials who planned and implemented the dumping of “white sand” along Manila Bay are people who are addicted to papaya skin whitening soap and glutathione skin lightening pills. They…

COVID-19’s other child

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/07/2020

  While our government is spending a lot of attention on the health crisis that has been fathered by the novel coronavirus, not enough attention is being devoted to COVID-19’s other child — the economic crisis. The…

A pandemic of fear and uncertainty

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 08/10/2020

A series of very distressing news came out last week that showed the severity of the health and economic crisis that we face in this pandemic. One of the most successful Philippine companies, Jollibee Foods Corp., reported…

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