- Senator Bong Go apologized for quoting Abraham Ibarani-Idjirani who claimed that Lapulapu was a Tausug warrior with origins from Sulu
- According to Go, he didn’t mean to offend the Visayans and would be willing to learn from historians on the matter
- Go stressed that like Lapulapu, he and President Rodrigo Duterte are willing to sacrifice for the Filipino people
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go apologized for his earlier statement that Lapulapu was from Mindanao.
In a statement on his Facebook page, the senator went on to ask an apology to those who got confused or offended when he quoted Abraham Ibarani-Idjirani’s study on Philippine history claiming that Lapulapu was a Tausug warrior with origins from Sulu.
“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,” said Go.
“Handa po akong makinig at matuto base sa kaalaman ng mga eksperto sa larangan ng kasaysayan,” he added.
The senator agreed that it’s better to leave history to historians who know better. Nevertheless, Go stressed that he will continue to honor the courage shown by Filipino heroes throughout history.
“Patuloy po akong magbibigay pugay sa lahat ng kagitingan na ipinakita ng ating mga ninuno sa iba’t ibang yugto ng ating kasaysayan,” he remarked.
He also reminded the public that in these difficult times, we can also become heroes by helping and serving our fellowmen instead of criticizing each other.
“Kahit saan man tayo nagmula, maging Luzon, Visayas o Mindanao man iyan, iisa ang dugo na nananalaytay sa ating mga ugat. Lahat tayo ay pwedeng maging bayani sa panahong ito ng pandemya sa pamamagitan ng ating pagtulong, pagmamalasakit, at pagseserbisyo — hindi sa pagbabatikos at paghahanap ng mali sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” said Go.
Go added that like Lapulapu, he and President Rodrigo Duterte are also willing to sacrifice while serving the Filipino nation.