By Junex Doronio
March 25, 2021
MANILA — The ball is now with the Senate after the House of Representatives on Thursday approved on third and final reading the measure seeking to rename the terminals 1 and 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in honor of Datu Lapulapu who was the first Asian warrior who victoriously led the battle against foreign invaders.
With 195 affirmative votes, the lower chamber of Congress approved House Bill No. 8986 on final reading during Thursday’s session.
“HB No. 8986 honors the bravery and patriotism of Lapu-Lapu who led Filipinos in the Battle of Mactan 500 years ago by renaming the Terminals 1 and 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport to ‘Lapu-Lapu Domestic Terminal’ and ‘Lapu-Lapu International Terminal,’ respectively,” read portions of the statement from the House of Representatives.
HB No. 8986 was the consolidated bills from the measures introduced by the late Cebu City-North District Representative Raul del Mar, Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, and Parañaque 1st District Rep. Eric Olivarez.
The Philippines will be celebrating the Quincentennial Anniversary of the Victory of Mactan this April 27, 2021.
It can be recalled that in August 2018, there was a proposal from the National Historical Commission (NHC) to rename the MCIA in honor of Lapu-Lapu.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law July last year the Republic Act 11040 as Lapu-Lapu Day or “Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu.”
In an earlier interview with a Tausog engineer and oral historian, he told Maharlika TV that Lapu-Lapu was “really a Muslim imam” (equivalent to a Catholic priest or a Christian pastor) who was also called Datu Pula.
According to some old folks, Lapu-Lapu used an “alho” (pestle) as a weapon in overpowering the unsuspecting Magellan whose head was later cut off. (AI|MTVN)