After confusing Lapulapu with Magellan, Jolo Revilla apologized on social media.
On Tuesday, the Cebu commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan. It is where Lapulapu and his warriors defeated the Spanish force and killing the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
Magellan organized the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522. It resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, which got completed after his death in the Philippines.
But this year’s celebration exposed Revilla’s confusion of Lapulapu and Magellan.
In a now-deleted post on facebook, Revilla joined in commemorating the bravery of the Filipino ancestors. However, he sent his salutations to Ferdinand Magellan, whom he even labeled as a hero, instead of Lapulapu.
Jolo Revilla: Magellan ang unang bayani ng bayan
Yan ba ang turo nina Bong at Lani sa kanya? 🤣
Bagsak Sa PH history! 🤣
— J R Reyes (@datumx11) April 27, 2021
Jolo Revilla: Bola muna bago droga.
The effect: pic.twitter.com/EhpEoH0sC7
— Lord (@lordnicolas_) April 27, 2021
Guard! Guardddd! Kailan pa naging bayani si Magellan? 🥺🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/KtFHZ3k8B2
— PinoyAkoBlog (@PinoyAkoBlog) April 27, 2021
Jam Magno natagpuang kasama ni Jolo Revilla sa pagiging tanga HAHAHAHAHA umay sa dds https://t.co/VcWqYCjcoj
— J❄ (@joosshhiie12) April 27, 2021
Okay lang ba di jolo revilla?! As far as i know magellan is not one of our hero and that statue is lapu lapu. Anu ba yan govt official pero d alam basic history ng Pilipinas pic.twitter.com/3nX3NwySYP
— 💚🤍💕 (@arolanie) April 27, 2021
Pang ilang bloopers na ito ni Jolo Revilla ha. Quotang quota na siya. pic.twitter.com/vvhwTohZaP
— #ForeverKapamilya #IAmReadyForLENI (@jemanorange) April 27, 2021
As a Filipino, especially as a politician, it is a bare minimum that Revilla should know about this history.
Revilla eventually apologized for the blunder. However, he blamed an intern of his social media team, who posted it without first clearing it.
I apologize for the earlier confusing post on our celebration of Lapu-lapu's victory in Mactan 500 yrs ago.
An intern in our social media team posted the caption to our meme without first clearing it.
Again, my sincerest apologies to our Cebuano kababayans and to all Filipinos.
— Jolo Revilla (@jolorevilla) April 27, 2021
Netizens believe that the apology would be better if he took full responsibility for the post since it got posted under his official facebook page.
Hindi ata aware si kuya dun sa term na "command responsibility". Nakakatakot yan walang sense of ownership.
— mynic (@my_monica88) April 27, 2021
It's your account. Regardless if you have an admin or not to manage it, take ownership. That's what a true leader does. Not finding someone to pin the blame on.
— Ela (@Purple_Ela) April 27, 2021
Your team reflects you, sir. This is very basic Philippine history information. This is a big NO, NO. Parang covid 14 error lang yan. Sana bago ilabas, ipost o basahin nirereview nyo muna.
— Faye Quinto (@faye_quinto) April 27, 2021
Nanisi pa ng iba hahahaha. Man up! Amining shunga shunga
— cannabiz42o (@cannabizz42o) April 27, 2021
It would have been better if the apology did not place the blame on the intern.
— Soi Valmocina (@ako_bunsoi) April 27, 2021
Some even compared him to his parents, especially to his controversial father, Bong Revilla.
Ayos, may scapegoat din kagaya ng ama. 🙂
— jgs (@jgs82) April 27, 2021
— ricci (@ricci_richy) April 27, 2021
The Battle of Mactan occurred on April 27, 1521.
In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the said date as “Lapulapu Day” to honor the hero’s bravery.