As the nation commemorates the three-day Battle of Imus in Cavite which raged on from September 1 to 3 in 1898 between Filipino revolutionary soldiers and the Spanish forces, Senator Richard J. Gordon called on fellow countrymen to view our country’s history from a different perspective and be proud of our courageous heritage as a people.
Gordon said we should look back more with pride over our country’s war victories rather than defeats and remember the brave and courageous people behind them.
“We are a nation that has forgotten our heroes. We bask in victimization. We only remember defeats and we fear to look back at our past. But that is not the way we should view our history. We have to look at it from our triumphs and not defeats. We must look back at our history without fear and inhibition,” he said.
Gordon is the great grandson of Colonel Jose Tagle who led the first major battle of the Philippine revolutionary forces against Spanish rule in Imus and rallied all of Cavite and other provinces in the country to fight for freedom.
Tagle led some 1,000 guerrilla volunteers from the Cavite towns of Imus and Kawit in resisting the strong Spanish forces from Manila who were then massing in Bacoor. His victory paved the way for Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo to defeat Spanish General Ernesto de Aguirre, who, in his haste to escape after he fell from his horse, left behind his “Sable de Mando” (Command sabre).
Gordon laments that many Filipinos, especially the young, are familiar with the fall of Bataan and Corregidor but not so much with the Battle of Imus where Filipinos came out victorious.