Opinion by Dr. Alex Almario:
Editor’s note: We invite your comments on the subject. This is Dr. Almario’s personal view and is shared by some members of our Community but do not reflect the opinion of the Council. We welcome your comments and your VOTE below.
It is my belief and opinion that the venue of this event is inappropriate. In battles or in war a flag is raised by the conquering army over a territory that has been vanquished.
The USS Olympia is the lead battleship of the US Navy that invaded the Philippines and annihilated the Spanish Navy in Manila Bay on May 1, 1898 during the Spanish – American War.
At this time the Philippine revolution against Spain lead by Gen. Aguinaldo was already ongoing .
In June 12, 1898 Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine Independence against Spain. But the Americans stayed after defeating Spain. A Filipino-American war followed that resulted in the conquest of the Phlippines. Therefore the Philippine Independence was revoked by the Americans.
Are we raising our flag on USS Olympia which represents our loss of Independence. It would be more meaningful to do that at the Rizal Park in Cherry Hill where Rizal’s Monument signify our struggle for Independence.
Courtesy of Louis Smaus, 1985. Photo from the Naval History & Heritage Command website. More Link.