Abaya makes history

Take it from a man who makes a show out of taking the Metro Rail Transit with an aide holding an umbrella for him and plenty of cameras in tow.

This is the same official who tried to assuage our collective anger about the worsening traffic in the metro by saying it was not fatal.

His words angered us more.

He also seconded his boss, the President, who insisted that the regular gridlocks were a sign of economic progress.

Now he outdoes himself by daring to suggest a revision of history.

Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya, commenting on the critical and commercial success of the independent film Heneral Luna—a fictional adaptation of historical events during the Philippine-American War of 1998—said he has read other books and other versions of events, and that he does not believe that General Antonio Luna was assassinated.

The film, as do history books, implies Luna was ordered killed by then-President Emilio Aguinaldo, Abaya’s great grandfather. Aguinaldo has also been linked to the killing of Andres and Procopio Bonifacio.

It may be natural impulse for us to defend family members and ancestors especially when they are accused of wrongdoing and have no means to defend themselves.

But defending an ancestor and challenging history are different things, which an educated, pedigreed man like Abaya should know. He did not even mention which books, and which contrarian versions, he has read.

Then again, why expect so much from a Cabinet official who is not only notorious for being incompetent but for coming up with crazy excuses for his numerous failings?

Never has Abaya, or any other from this administration, behaved humbly enough to simply acknowledge mistakes and failures and vow to do better onwards.

He himself is writing his history, and that of the administration he serves.

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