By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite –“Tapos na yan.” (It is finished.)
House Senior Deputy Majority Speaker Jesus Crispin C. Remulla said this as he cited that the proposed bill renaming Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Quezon City, to Camp Antonio Luna will not prosper in Congress.
Remulla, the House representative from Cavite’s 7th District, made the statement when asked by this reporter as to what action he would make after he said earlier that he was not in favor of renaming the country’s prime military camp from Aguinaldo to Luna.
“Issue finished. It won’t happen, we were told,” Remulla said.
When asked by this reporter as to who was telling “it won’t happen,” Remulla said “Tapos na yan,” He declined to elaborate further.
Remulla, a lawyer by profession, is the most senior among the House representatives of eight districts of Cavite, the home province of Gen, Aguinaldo. .
The seven others are 1st District Representative Francis Gerald A. Abaya, a descendant of Aguinaldo; 2nd District (Bacoor) Rep. Strike B, Revilla, 3rd District (Imus) Rep. Alex L. Advincula, 4th District (Dasmarinas) Rep. Elpidio F. Barzaga, 5th District Rep. Dahlia A, Loyola, 6th District (General Trias) Rep. Luis A. Ferrer IV and 8th District Abraham N. Tolentino.
Remulla was the first to voice out concern about the renaming of the camp.
Surigao del Sur Representative and House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel filed on August 20 the bill that sought the renaming of Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Luna, citing some reasons. The bill was publicized during the National Heroes’ Day.
Camp Aguinaldo was named after Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, a top revolutionary leader and the country’s first president,
The biggest and famous military headquarters has been called Camp Aguinaldo for 54 years.
The camp was initially known as Camp Murphy in honor of the first American High Commissioner Frank Murphy.
During the last National Heroes’ Day, Remulla extolled in Tagalog all the country’s heroes, including Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Antonio Luna and “the unsung and unknown heroes of the times.”
Aguinaldo was a revolutionary general who fought in battles in Cavite and elsewhere against the Spaniards at the turn of the 20th Century and later the American force.
He became the country’s first president after the Tejeros Convention and the Malolos Congress.
Aguinaldo was also the designer or had conceptualized the Philippines flag that the country has now. He led the independence declaration from Spain on June 12, 1898.
History books revealed that Aguinaldo had contributed many for the country and the people with his bravery, patriotism and sacrifices during the revolutionary years.
Remulla, other officials and residents have long called for an end to the talks, referring to Aguinaldo, Bonifacio and Luna as they all are the country’s national heroes.
There was a long-held notion that Aguinaldo had a hand in the execution of Bonifacio and his brother and Luna during the revolutionary years.
The notion was deemed as intrigues as there were no official inquiries or investigations and conclusions about the incidents,
Remulla made one of the calls during the Independence Day celebration at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit a few years ago with Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, also a Caviteno, as guest of honor and speaker.
Remulla said that there should be a national Aguinaldo Day for the Caviteño hero for his patriotism and heroism during the revolutionary years.
During the media interview, Remulla also asked the people to end the negative notion and talks about Aguinaldo, Bonifacio and Luna as they are all national heroes who fought, sacrificed and contributed to the country’s independence.