Gillamac wants to name CPPO after Gen. Maxilom

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


THE top official of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) proposed that the camp where they are holding office in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City be named after a local hero.

Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, CPPO chief, said he is only waiting for the decision of Camp Crame on naming the provincial headquarters Camp Gen. Arcadio Maxilom.

Maxilom, a native of Tuburan town, was an active participant in the Cebuanos’ struggle for political freedom under the clutches of the Spanish colonizers.

“It’s a fitting way to honor a Cebuano revolutionary fighter,” Gillamac told Sun.Star Cebu.

He said he submitted his proposal to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 last November, which forwarded this to the Directorate for Plans in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Gillamac said he will also send a letter to Gov. Hilario Davide III and the Provincial Board (PB) to request them to make a resolution supporting his proposal. He believed that this will speed up the process, especially with the endorsement of the local government.

Gillamac said one of the reasons why he was encouraged to submit the proposal because he wants to make CPPO more known to the public.

“Lisod gyud ang uban og tultol. Lahi ra kung moingon nga kampo (Some people are having a hard time finding where CPPO is. It is much different if it’s a camp),” he said
during a phone interview.

He said the Cebu City Police Office was named after Camp Sotero Cabahug while PRO 7 is carrying the name of Sergio Osmeña.

“Kami nalay wala diri sa (It is only us (CPPO) that has no name in) Cebu,” he said.

He said giving CPPO a name was one of his plans when he was installed as provincial
director last August 2013.

Gillamac, during the interview, said it is also a way of reviving Camp Gen. Arcadio Maxilom, which existed when he was holding a rank of lieutenant.

He said that in 1988, the provincial command of the Philippine Constabulary- Integrated National Police was named after Maxilom. It was located in Salinas Drive, Barangay Apas, Cebu City before it got transferred in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug.

In Sun.Star Cebu’s archive, Historical Association of Cebu Director Dionisio Sy said Maxilom was born in Tuburan town on Nov. 13, 1862. He belonged to a middle-class family and his education was broadened by tutorials of the parish priest.

Pre-revolution saw him serving government positions, although already harboring silent resentment about the idea of foreign governance.

When hostilities between the Spanish Government and Cebu Katipuneros broke out on April 2, 1894, the revolution appointed Maxilom as captain with orders to intensify the resistance in northern Cebu.

The first wave of attacks resulted in heavy casualties on the Spanish side, particularly in Tuburan.

Maxilom’s forces also succeeded in taking control of Talisay, El Pardo and many areas in Minglanilla and Sudlon.

This resulted in Maxilom’s speedy promotions until he became the revolution’s gobernador interno of Cebu province after occupying El Pardo.

After the Spaniards had left the country, Maxilom was elected delegate for police matters on Dec. 30, 1898.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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