Bigger fear of crooked cops

 By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan THERE’S A disconnect in the war of words between President Duterte and his critics in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs. His critics are condemning the means employed, while the President is defending the goal he seeks to achieve. The goal is to cleanse the country of illegal drugs. The means […] More →

Duterte blames the abused, not the abuser

 By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan PRESIDENT DUTERTE recently declared that he would work for the abolition of the party-list system because the rich abuse it in complete “mockery of the law.” If abuse by the rich is the criterion for the abolition of public institutions, then Mr. Duterte should work for the abolition of Congress in […] More →

Extrajudicial killings as crime against humanity

 By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan A TOTAL of 3,257 extrajudicial killings (EJKs) were committed during the Marcos dictatorship. In contrast, there were 805 drug-related fatalities from May 10 (when Rodrigo Duterte emerged winner of the presidential election) to Aug. 12, per the Inquirer count. If the current rate continues, the total number of EJKs for the […] More →