Rama wants to discuss Quincentennial event with Duterte

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Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama is seeking an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country.

Rama, the chairman of the Cebu City Historical Affairs Commission, said he already requested a meeting through Duterte’s long-time aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go.

His request for a meeting with Duterte in Malacañang is “under consideration” based on a text message he received, according to him. (

Duterte previously said he will not support the celebration of the quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines because the Spanish colonizers used the Catholic faith to subjugate the Filipino people for more than three centuries.

“They came to this country as imperialists. We were not Spanish and they subjugated us for 300 years. That’s painful for me,” the President said last month.