Is there a major glitch in the Philippine history?
According to Vice President Jejomar Binay, General Miguel Malvar is the rightful second president of the Philippines.
In fact, Binay has sought the help of historians in rectifying what could be an oversight in proclaiming the revolutionary leader as the second president of the Philippines.
In his letter to National Historical Commission chair Maria Serena Diokno and heads of history departments of various universities and colleges, Binay said he received information that Malvar was Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s right-hand during the war against the United States and took over command when Aguinaldo was captured by American forces.
"Your help would be very valuable in setting the record straight and giving Gen. Malvar the recognition he deserves," Binay wrote Diokno and the history department heads.
The vice president learned of the claims during the preparations for the general's death centenary last October 14 in Batangas where he was the keynote speaker.
He said some sectors argued that since Malvar was second-in-command and took over Aguinaldo who was the first Philippine president, Malvar was the legitimate successor to the presidency after Aguinaldo's capture.
The recognized second president of the country is Manuel Quezon, who served as president during the Commonwealth Period after the fall of the First Republic.
Historian Manuel Luis “Manolo” Quezon III, grandson of the recognized second president, said that these claims are decided by consensus and the vice president’s call can lead to a determination by historians.
“Important to note what the revolutionary generation and those alive at the time believed: Malvar was recognized by his valor but not as successor,” Manolo Quezon said in an interview with Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
He added that the issue will probably be taken into consideration if and when NHCP deliberated on Binay’s proposal.
A bill bestowing such recognition to Malvar has also been filed in the House of Representatives in 2007 by Congressman Rodolfo Valencia of Oriental Mindoro.