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Guiuan mayor dares media: Rewrite history

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (26 October) -- Municipal Mayor Annaliza G. Kwan of Guiuan called on the press and historians to rewrite Philippine History. This she said in her speech during the "Sentimental Journey Celebration" in Ngolos, Guiuan recently.

Apparently appalled by what she called misrepresentation of events in history books, Kwan delivered emotionally her talk before an audience of veterans, their sons and daughters. Guiuan, she said is never mentioned in any book which accounts Leyte Landing nor the one which tells about Magellan's in 1521.

From her readings, she further believes that Gen. Douglas McArrthur could have not landed in Leyte on July 20, 1946, were it not for the Suluan Island Raid in Guiuan. Her analysis dictates that the guerillas who attacked the Japanese who disguised themselves as fishermen in the Guiuan waters contributed in the operation which cleared the path for McArthur's landing in Leyte, yet never is it mentioned partly or otherwise.

Also, she has kept on searching for any paragraph in any Philippine History book which would somehow mention of her town's barangay Ngolos, being once the Supply Depot of the American Naval Base which was then based in the Samar island. She likewise laments that the Guiuan airport which was of world standard then, is silent in the books.

"Why can't they say something about these significant places and events which transpired in this part of the country?", she asked.

She understands of course the confidentiality of these facilities before as she referred to military parlance which is perhaps the reason for all of these silences. But that was more than 60 years ago, Kwan stressed, and today it is best to place things and events in their proper perspectives, she concluded. Thus, her appeal to the media and to the local historians, to rewrite history.

The October 17 celebration, which is a few days before McArthur's Leyte Landing (October 20), is a brainchild of former governor, Gen. Ruperto Ambil, Jr. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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