Entries by Patmei Bello Ruivivar

State of Noynoy’s Annoyance (SONA)

I have watched and listened to a fair share of State of the Nation Addresses (SONA) given by many presidents. I have even helped draft a few of them in the past. They’re all written in a way that would put a positive spin on their administration and give people hope that things are better […]

Davao’s Democratic Space

It has been said that the most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. That is a famous quote from Lord Acton in “The History of Freedom in Antiquity” (1877). Mahatma Gandhi also said: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it […]

What’s All This Fuss Over Marriage?

So the United States Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage in all of the 50 states. And it was hailed as a decision for basic common sense, civil rights, and human dignity. Not everyone is happy about it, though. And I wonder why those opposed to same-sex marriage are all hot and bothered about it. […]

Rediscovering Rizal and the Filipino Spirit

I do not recall reading and learning about Jose Rizal’s essay entitled “The Philippines a Century Hence” in my compulsory Rizal class in college. Or maybe it was one of the required readings and I wasn’t paying attention. How I passed that class and managed to graduate with honors is one of the many mysteries […]

It’s Not About You

It is more annoying to watch local television these days with advertisements of government officials popping in between your TV news and favorite telenovelas. Sure, they call it “advocacy” even though you hardly get any meaningful or inspirational message that moves you to act. Instead, what comes to mind is this: “Oh, he/she is running […]

Does Executing Drug Smugglers Work?

As I follow the news about the plight of Mary Jane Veloso, who is set to be executed for drug smuggling in Indonesia, I wonder what would happen to her if she smuggled that 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Davao City. I heard some people had died for bringing less than that here if the […]

Justice is “Weather-Weather”

Janet Lim-Napoles gets a life sentence for illegally detaining Benhur Luy and Luy said: “This is God’s justice.” I don’t know about that because, as they say, God works in mysterious ways. God could change its mind (neither a he nor she in my mind, but a mysterious powerful force that is beyond gender) in […]

The Abraham Path and the Spirit of EDSA

“When I don’t see anyone as an enemy, I don’t have to fight,” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle during a mass to mark the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power. This message reminds me of the Abraham Path Initiative founded by William Ury, one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. […]

Fifty Shades of Patriarchy

“Looks like Fifty Shades of Grey is more popular than Jesus,” writes Benjamin Snyder in Fortune. He noted that the movie earned $85 million on its Valentine’s Day weekend opening, more than what The Passion of Christ, the Mel Gibson movie about Jesus Christ’s last hours on earth, made on its opening weekend, which was $83.8 million.  People are calling Fifty Shades the most successful R-18 […]