Councilor explains ‘Galvey’ issue

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Councilor John Botiwey clarified his stand on the proposal to honor the late Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Galvey.

“I agree that we should not honor Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Galvey considering the account of historian Henry Scott that Lieutenant Colonel Galvey cut down Igorot crops by the hectares, burned their houses by the hundreds and decimated their population with small pox by the thousands," he said.

“The following are my justifications when I defended the proposal in the legislative hall of the Sangguniang Bayan which I hope would clarify matters; my reason is basically to offer peace and reconciliation to the hometown and compatriots of Lieutenant Colonel Galvey having in mind that it is the pursuit of peace, cooperation and unity among nations which is needed in the world today,” Botiwey said.

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He added: “As Christians, we believe that we must forgive so that the Almighty Father will also forgive, us, we must forget the pains in the past that entangle us and instead move on forward and seize opportunities – for instance our municipality forged sisterhood ties with several towns of Japan.”

Botiwey detailed his sentiments amid adverse reactions of netizens and constituents.

“At the outset, we would like to inform the public, especially the people of La Trinidad, that the Sangguniang Bayan has just reconsidered the subject resolution and amended the same by selecting other Spanish town to which La Trinidad could possibly establish a sisterhood tie. Notwithstanding, being the author, may I clarify that the tenor of the resolution is to request the Spanish Embassy in Metro Manila to help the municipality locate the hometown of Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Galvey for the purpose of forging sisterhood between La Trinidad and his hometown. There is none in the resolution's title and ‘whereas provisions’ that states that we will honor the Spanish Conquestador. It is simply anchoring on a basis to be able to forge a sisterhood in a town in Spain and that basis is, he was the one who gave the name ‘La Trinidad’ to our Municipality.”

Botiwey said Spain is likewise host to countless Filipinos (and many are from Benguet) who are employed with much higher pay than those in Hong Kong and Macau.

“It would mean well for us, as a people to establish ties with them in spite of what Lieutenant Colonel Galvey has done. This would exemplify our being a peaceful loving people which we Benguet are truly known for. Not to over emphasize, the purpose of sisterhood agreement is peace and goodwill among peoples of the world with gains from exchanges in various fields of interests that are of mutual benefit,” Botiwey said.

The councilor said he is now asking for suggestions as to which town in Spain can La Trinidad propose a sisterhood tie for purposes of cooperation, exchanges and employment, among other benefits from the partnership.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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