Freeman Opinion Archive

Title Column\Author Date Published
EDITORIAL - Ayaw suwayi

Call it anything you want, but the "wild" idea of forming separate republics out of the Visayas and Mindanao is born of a legitimate grievance that people in the south have long held against "Imperial" Manila.

July 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Gasto sa suporta

Ang pagarpar sa lokal nga mga opisyal nga nahigugma ang Sugbo kang Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gisukwahi sa mas lanog nga mensahe sa ilang mga aksiyon. Gawas nga gibabagan og barbed wire ang agianan atubangan sa "Malakanyang sa Sugbo," gigamitan pa gyod og puwersa ang pagbungkag sa mga demonstrador nga niawhag sa resignasyon sa presidente.

ARANGKADA By ARANGKADA By Leo Lastimosa July 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Why the Malacañang rally turned violent

Today, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is making the State of the Province Address and we can only speculate what her address would contain. For sure, a lot of Cebuanos would like to hear from her the mechanics of a possible Visayan Republic, which was cooked up by her and the other Governors of Samar, Leyte, Negros and Panay. While many Cebuanos still believe that the Philippines deserves a second chance to be run like heaven by Filipinos, that dream seems to be fast fading away. Nowhere in our history have we come this close to a possible independent nation of the Visayas.

SHOOTING STRAIGHT By SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Valeriano Avila July 15, 2005 - 12:00am
The come-uppance of the Senate

The behavior of lawyer Frank Chavez at the Senate hearing on jueteng last Tuesday, July 12, would have been so appalling for a man of his stature ( he was once solicitor general ) if only the Senate itself did not also richly deserve such behavior.

A woman named Sandra Cam, a self-confessed jueteng insider who has gone on a binge accusing government officials of taking bribes, was under intense grilling by one senator in particular, Richard Gordon, when Chavez, her lawyer, snapped.

TO THE QUICK By TO THE QUICK By Jerry Tundag July 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Letter to the Editor - LP on the brink of a breakup?

The Liberal Party has been in existence for 50 years. As the oldest existing political party, it has made landmark legislations in both lower and upper house.

July 15, 2005 - 12:00am
P2M ni Doble

Kon nagsulti sa tinuod si Marietta Santos, ang uyab ni T/Sgt. Vidal Doble, di kahadlok sa seguridad ray nakapugong ni Atty. Samuel Ong, kanhi deputy director sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), pag-atubang sa Kongreso nga nagsusi sa audio recording sa istorya nilang Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ug kanhi Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

ARANGKADA By ARANGKADA By Leo Lastimosa July 14, 2005 - 12:00am
Visayas independence? An option to consider!

Is Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) moving quickly to do reforms via a Constituent Assembly (con-ass)? I certainly hope not! While I completely understand why Pres. Arroyo has to listen to her allies because many of them, like Senate President Franklin Drilon have left her, House Speaker Jose de Venecia has seen and grabbed the opportunity to sell what he was selling to us a year ago… to shift to a Parliamentary form of government, mind you, without even mentioning a Federal system and do this by a Con-ass. We didn't buy this idea a year ago, we're still not buying it now!

SHOOTING STRAIGHT By SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Valeriano Avila July 14, 2005 - 12:00am
GMA's Comelec call and the truth

Until she admitted that she did talk to a Comelec official whom she did not name, I am sure so many believed that all the charges hurled in the past and more recently at the President were orchestrated by those who wanted to grab power. Many still continue to believe so.

PERSPECTIVE By PERSPECTIVE By Cherry Ballescas July 14, 2005 - 12:00am
The president's call is it

There is one thing which a part of our society does not seem to understand. This segment of our people may be small but it includes me and my friend, Rudy Labis, so that, I shall use the pronouns we and us, hereafter. We do not fully realize why Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is put to task for admitting that she called Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano during the election period. "What is wrong with the president's calling the commissioner if she only expressed concern on how to protect her votes?" is the question common to us.

OFF TANGENT By OFF TANGENT By Aven Piramide July 14, 2005 - 12:00am
On disloyal cabinet members

The ten cabinet secretaries who jumped the boat of the GMA administration last week are now joining the call for the President's resignation. Having been trusted members of GMA's official family and having been privy to the inner working of her government, they are now beating the war drums with the opposition. Respectable people as they were, the immediate reactions to their resignation were a mix of surprise and disbelief. How could they, of all people, suddenly turn their backs on their boss?

STRAWS IN THE WIND By STRAWS IN THE WIND By Eladio C. Dioko July 14, 2005 - 12:00am