Entries by Patmei Bello Ruivivar

Understanding Duterte

Everyone I meet these days, when they learn that I have served as Mayor Rody Duterte’s chief of staff for seven years (first in 1997-1998, then in 2004-2010), ask me what sort of person he really is. And my answer is always the same: “He is what he shows you he is, contradictions and all.” […]

Opportunists in Our Midst

Watching the biggest job fair in the country unfolding in Davao City after our mayor won the presidency in the recently held elections brought to mind this quote I read somewhere: “Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist: Thank you. While you guys were arguing about the glass of water, I drank it. Love, Opportunist.” I assume the […]

The Audacity of Hypocrites

Hypocrisy comes from the ancient Greek word for a stage actor who performs behind a mask. It happens when the outside does not match the inside. It is claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. Hypocrisy is something like what leading presidential candidate Rody Duterte said about […]

Fifty Shades of Propaganda

As we enter the homestretch of the electoral campaign, the propaganda war is heating up with the rising summer temperatures. Put in social media to the mix and it becomes viral like a deadly disease.

Let Us Attack Our Sexist Culture, Not Just Duterte

If we are really serious about women, we must go beyond attacking leading presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte for his sexist remarks and behavior. We must also attack our sexist culture that shaped Duterte and all of us. Duterte is a feminist’s worst nightmare. I cringe every time he plays his macho, womanizer role to […]

Drought in Leadership

The recent tragedy in Kidapawan is not just about the drought brought by El Niño. It is also a drought in leadership in both the local and national government in this country. Drought is defined as “a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this.” It can also mean “a […]

Violence is a Choice, Not a Necessity

Depending on how you were trained and socialized as a child, you probably heard basically two schools of thought: (1) humans evolved from war-prone chimpanzees therefore war is natural; or (2) humans descended from nonviolent bonobos therefore peaceful is our default mode. The debate still rages on but I think it is safe to say […]

Do Not Let the Elite Steal the 2016 Elections

After the second presidential debates last Sunday, it seems that the presidential race is turning out to be a contest between the choice of the masses versus the choice of the elite. The masses’ favorites being Vice-President Jojo Binay and Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte while the elite seem to be favoring Senator Grace Poe […]

Davao Pride

I am writing this while watching the Araw ng Davao parade live coverage on television. And no matter how old and jaded I am, every Araw ng Davao parade still moves me each time. It never fails. Even when I am mad about a city project or frustrated about a city official, I still love […]

Davao’s Concerned Citizens

Davao City is 79 years old this year. Although it is the age of a senior citizen, it is still quite young for a city. Compared to the City of Manila, the country’s capital, which dates back to the 1500s, Davao is a very new city. But what makes it a leading city in the […]