Duterte no need to celebrate 500th year arrival of Spanish colonizers in PH

Duterte no need to celebrate 500th year arrival of Spanish colonizers in PH

The country does not need to celebate the 500th year since the arrival of the Spanish colonizers in the our home soil.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has rebuked plans to commemorate the arrival of the Spaniards since it started centuries of abuses against Filipinos.

Duterte was in Cebu when he made the statement, the arrival of the Portuguese exlplorer Ferdinand Magellan started the propagation of Christianty in the Philippines.

Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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"Bakit magbibigay ako ng selebrasyon sa pagdating ng mga banyaga na Espanyol dito? " Duterte said in a speech during a housing-related event in Cebu.
(Why would I throw a celebration for the arrival of Spaniards here?)
According to the President, the arrival of Magellan did not only started Christianity but also marked the start of Filipino slavery.

"You know they came to our country as imperialist. Hindi man tayo Español (we are not Spaniards) and they subjugated us for 300 years," he said.
"Sabihin natin na natuwa tayo dahil dumating sila dito, pero sila rin ang pumatay sa ating mga Pilipino na may prinsipyo, [like] Rizal, Bonifacio," he said, referring to revolutionary heroes Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio.
(Let's say that we are happy that they came here, but they were also the ones who killed principled Filipinos like Rizal and Bonifacio.)

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