NHCP to host honor rights for veteran Kapampangan politician

The National Historic Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will celebrate the 107th anniversary of the birth of former Governor and Congressman Jose B. Lingad.

The rites of honor will take place at the Jose Lingad Park and Museum in Lubao on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

In the 1947 general election, Lingad was elected governor of Pampanga as a member of the Liberal Party at the age of 33. In 1969 Lingad was elected to the House of Representatives under the banner of the Liberal Party representing the First District of Pampanga.

Lingad’s career in Congress was cut short by the abolition of Congress following the declaration of martial law by Marcos in 1972. Lingad, a member of the political opposition against Marcos, was among the first political figures to be arrested and imprisoned on the day martial law was declared. .

Lingad was released from prison after three months and retired to his farm in Pampanga. He was recalled to retirement by opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr., who urged him to run for governor of Pampanga in the January 1980 local elections as the anti-Marcos opposition candidate.

On December 16, 1980, Lingad was shot dead. Her killer, who died in a car accident before being prosecuted, has been identified as a member of the Philippine police.

Highlights of the celebration are the unveiling of the historical marker “Jose B. Lingad (1914-1980)” and the opening of the exhibition “Faces of Heroism in WWII” which features Jose Lingad as a ‘veteran.

Lingad was a lawyer and became the head of the southern district of the east-central Luzon guerrilla zone, USAFFE, during World War II. He was also a local leader and became one of the martyrs of the martial law regime. The museum will soon feature Lingad as a democratic icon, hero, farmer advocate and statement, and Kapampangan figure in public service worth emulating.

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