“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is my modern day Lapulapu lalung-lalo na po sa kaniyang polisiya na independent foreign policy dahil ibig sabihin po niyan kaibigan natin ang lahat – wala tayong kaaway, wala po siyang sinasantong mga dayuhan,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during today’s press briefing held in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu when asked who is his modern day Lapulapu.
The Philippines, today, marked the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan led by Lapulapu.
“Tunay na makasaysayan po ang araw na ito na ika-500, quincentennial anniversary ng the Victory of Mactan. Sana po sa mga darating na araw magkaroon po ng victory of the Philippines laban po sa COVID-19 at we take advantage of this quincentennial celebration also to pay tribute to the real heroes of our times, our medical frontliners,” said Secretary Roque said.
Roque also noted that Lapulapu’s victory at Mactan was considered as the first successful resistance of the Philippines against colonialism.