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After calls to declare him persona non grata, Sen. Bong Go apologizes for recent historical claims

In his speech during the event held in Lapu-Lapu City, the senator said that the historical figure could be someone from Mindanao.

Senator Bong Go issued an apology after his 500th Battle of Mactan anniversary speech wherein he claimed that Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu was actually from Mindanao.

In his recent statement, he clarified that he has the utmost respect for the country’s history, and he is willing to learn from historians.

“Ako po ay taus-pusong humihingi ng paumanhin kung iba ang dating ng aking naikwento. Nais kong klaruhin na buo ang aking respeto sa ating kasaysayan at wala akong intensyong baguhin ang paghanga at paniniwala natin sa buhay ng ating mga bayani,” Go said in a statement.

“Handa po akong makinig at matuto base sa kaalaman ng mga eksperto sa larangan ng kasaysayan.”

In his speech during the event held in Lapu-Lapu City, the senator said that the historical figure could be someone from Mindanao.

“I and President Duterte are from Mindanao. We, too, are Bisaya.

“Mula sa Sulu, nagsama ng maraming mandirigma ang Tausug na si Lapu-Lapu sakay ng bangka. Sinalubong sila ng mga tauhan ni Ferdinand Magellan na naganap ang Battle of Mactan kung saan namatay si Magellan. At itinanghal na bayani si Lapu-Lapu dahil sa pagtatanggol niya sa isla ng Pilipinas, kabahagi ang mga taga Mindanao sa tagumpay.”

He then stated that this is why President Rodrigo Duterte has a connection to Lapu-Lapu as he also didn’t want Filipinos to suffer.

“Kaya hindi nakakapagtaka na ang minamahal nating Pangulong Duterte ay taos puso ang pagkilala kay Lapu-Lapu dahil hindi rin po niya ninanais ng ating mahal na Pangulo na patuloy tayong maapi.”

Historian clarifies.

According to Cebuano archeologist and historian Jose Eleazar Bersales, Go got his information from a podcast that has “not published his findings of has presented these to a body of historians and experts.”

Though the senator allegedly had an unreliable source, Bersales added that people can still forgive him as he’s not a historian.

“I give him some slack but I would still think that there should be a clarification na there was no intent to insult the people of Mactan.”

Netizens react.

Netizens then reacted to the claims of Bong Go with some agreeing that the senator should be declared persona non grata in Lapu-Lapu City for his remarks.

Another said that a part of them thinks that Go “intentionally” stated his historical claims to “unify” Visayas and Mindanao.

Rapper Ez Mil got mentioned as he also made false claims regarding the history of Lapu-Lapu in one of his songs.

Someone sarcastically said that he believed the senator as the latter is in the middle of the fight between Lapu-Lapu and Magellan.

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A twitter user also linked a Soundcloud podcast and asked if it was Go’s source for his speech.

“This is [a] part of the Duterte narrative that Mindanao is more important than Visayas and Luzon and that Duterte is the new Lapu-Lapu.”

A Netizen described Bong Go as a “stupid senator alalay.”

Someone also accused the senator of using the speech to spread propaganda and paint President Duterte as an “anti-colonial figure.”


Written by J M

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