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Sen. Bong Go’s Lapu-Lapu story criticized by historians

Attending the celebration of the 500th year anniversary of the Battle of Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, the President’s confidante and now Senator Bong Go’s speech raised many eyebrows when he mentioned the origin of Lapu-Lapu.

According to Sen. Go, the fierce warrior who killed Ferdinand Magellan might be originally from Sulu and was ordered by the Sultan of Sulu to check on the foreigners arriving in Cebu led by the Portuguese explorer.

This theory echoed what President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in 2018 and could be referencing a claim from Dr. Danilo Gerona’s book, entitled “Ferdinand Magellan, The Armada de Maluco and the European Discovery of the Philippines,” according to Cebuano archaeologist Jose Eleazar Bersales.

This incident caused a discussion on social media. Go’s history lesson was met by criticism by many Filipinos, particularly from Cebuanos who knew their history more than the senator.

This incident followed another social media blunder from Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla III who later apologized for the confusing post.

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