• Why no camp named after Luna?

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    The soul-stirring movie about the assassinated revolutionary hero Gen. Antonio Luna has also roused calls for the naming of a major military camp after him.

    We have Fort Bonifacio, Camp Crame, Camp Olivas, Camp Servillano Aquino, Camp Vicente Lim, and Camp Cabahug, all key military camps, but why is it that none is named after General Luna? It’s not to denigrate the contributions of the previously named military leaders but isn’t it about time to correct a decades- long snub and give General Luna the appropriate honor also?

    Oh yes, we have Camp Aguinaldo, the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the central office of the Department of National Defense. In the light of the re-examination of the Philippine history evoked by the movie on General Luna, many find it ironic that the highest military camp is named after General Emilio Aguinaldo, the Katipunan leader who ordered Luna’s assassination.

    My hometown, Lupao, Nueva Ecija, may be small but it has a barangay named after General Luna. The youths of Barangay Luna are well-known for not backing off from any fight – just like Luna. If a small town sees it fit to honor Luna, why can’t the country?

    Changing the name of Camp Aguinaldo into Camp Antonio Luna will correct a historical error and restore Luna to his proper place of honor. There’s no reason why the mastermind in the assassination of a hero should enjoy a higher place than his victim. As regards Aguinaldo, a camp in Cavite, his home province, may be named after him. It’s not inconceivable that the name Emilio Aguinaldo still has a special place in the hearts of Caviteños. This is especially true among his descendants who proudly use the initials “E.A.” between their first names and family names – like Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya, the acting president of the Liberal Party and former Cavite congressman.

    There was a time when Abaya was being considered a candidate for senator. If his infamous comment that “traffic is not fatal” had sealed his coffin as a national candidate, his recent declaration that “Luna was not assassinated” will. Oh well, he can always go back to his old congressional district in Cavite where his family has been lording it over since 1992. Or, he can continue wrecking air and land transportation, as he unquestionably enjoys the full confidence of President BS Aquino The Last, the main architect (culprit?) of “Tuwid na Daan.”

    Oh yes, another Aguinaldo descendant who carries the “E.A.” initial is Cesar E.A. Virata, the former Deputy Prime Minister of President Ferdinand Marcos, a former Finance Secretary, and former member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa representing, what else, Cavite. Rightly or wrongly, the Batasan opposition filed in 1985 an impeachment complaint not only against Marcos but also against Virata. I still remember the plaintive words of Virata while covering the impeachment hearing for the now-defunct Veritas Newsmagazine. “Many charges have been levelled against me but the most hurting was the accusation that I have betrayed my country,” Virata said.

    Incidentally, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan which controlled the Committee on Justice immediately threw out the impeachment complaint after a short hearing.

    Ah, but I digress. Going back to Luna’s assassination, my siblings and I had heard of it early in life from our parents. They told us that the assassination took place in Cabanatuan on orders of Aguinado. My late mother must have heard of the assassination from his father, Matias Limos, who was a Katipunero and fought against both Americans and Spaniards in Nueva Ecija.

    Come to think of it, Cabanatuan has a major thoroughfare named “Paco Roman,” after Luna’s aide-de-camp who was killed with him but why is there no main road in the city named after Luna?

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    11 Comments

    1. There is already a camp named after Antonio Luna. As stated by another commenter, it is the Government Arsenal in Bataan, Camp General Antonio Luna.

    2. Ikabod Bubwit on

      Camp Aguinaldo should be renamed Camp Antonio Luna who was the best general of the revolution and because Aguinaldo was a traitor who became an American puppet. Fort Magsayay should be renamed Fort Artemio Ricarte because he never surrendered to the Americans and because Magsaysay was an American puppet from the beginning. Camp Crame should be renamed Camp Emilio Jacinto who was the Brains of the Katipunan and because Rafael Crame was the enemy of the Katipunan who fought for Spain.

      Corrections in the naming of camps, forts, streets, plazas, etc. has a long way to go because corrections in Philppine History books also has a long way to go !!!

    3. Amnata Pundit on

      Is there a Camp named after General Custer in America? I don’t know of any. Here we have a camp named after our own version of General Custer, Camp Evangelista. Only in the Philippines.

    4. Dylan Dipasupil on

      Rename Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac as Camp Antonio Luna.

      This will unify diverging political views on the matter.

    5. There is one camp in Bataan named after the brave general .It is Camp General Antonio Luna which is our AFP’s main arsenal.

    6. Bart T. Quero on

      There’s no major roads, h-ways or even bldgs. named after Gen. A. Luna but I know a town in Cagayan province where the town of Luna is located but I’m not sure if they named it to him as recognition. He was not as popular as Aguinaldo simply because of ignorance and biases of some authors of Phil. history. I also suspected that politics could be the main culprit of this fiasco but thanks to a certain Vivencio Jose, a historian from U.P. who re-write the life story of Gen. A. Luna of which the writer of the movie General Antonio Luna used as their reference….the rest is history as they say.

    7. Historical researches and the widely acclaimed film on the life of Gen Luna will give justice to him by renaming Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Gen Antonio Luna. Let us have a movement to correct this error by having Congress enact a law to have the AFP GHQ renamed as Camp General Antonio Luna.

      • I agree. there are many errors in our history including omissions that needs to be corrected as we move on as a nation and this is one of them. that Aguinaldo is a traitor after all and should be demoted in history.

    8. During my last visit to the Philippines two years ago, I went with a niece who is a history ‘buff’, particularly in the life of another hero, Andres Bonifacio. Previous to that year, she has gone around, educating her young daughter on the heroic deeds of Bonifacio. It started from his birthplace in Tondo, to the historic KKK assembly sites, where he was tried and convicted, until the hills of Maragondon where Bonifacio and his brother were assassinated. After a cursory of the events and visits to these towns in Cavite, that led to his death, I believe that Andres Bonifacio was a victim of ‘modern’ politics. He is a “truer” hero than his rival. By the same token, Gregorio del Pilar, was also a victim of ‘modern’ politics.

    9. Correction: General luna is the street fronting fire department and corners with delpilar street where geberal luna died.