TRUE VERSION OF THE PHILIPPINE RI:.VOLUTION BY DON EMILIO AGUINALDO Y FA.MY, PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC. p a.rZa.'k ( hiZippine J sZcmds) 23rd September, 1888.
TO ALL CIVILIZED NATIONS AND ESPECIALLY TO THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN REPUBLIC. I dedicate to you this modest work with a view to informing you respecting the international events which have occurred during the past three a.ud are still going on in the Philippines, in order that you may be fully acquainted with the facts and be thereby placed in a. position to pronounce judgment upon the issue and be satisfied and assured of the Justice which forms the basis and is in fact the foundation of our Cause. I place the simple truth respectfully before and dedicate it to you as an act of homage and as testimony of my admiration for and recognition of the wide knowledge, the brilliant achievementH and the great power of other nations, whom I salute, in the name the Philippine nation, with every effusion of my soul. THE AUTHOR.
TRUE VERSION OF THE PHI LIPPINE REVOLUTI ON. ---:0:---I. THE REVOLUTION OF 1896. Spain maintained control of the Philippine Islands for more than three centuries and a half, during which period the tyranny, misconduct and abuses of the Friars and the Civil and Military Administration exhausted the patience of the and caused them to make a desperate effort to shake off the unbearable galling yoke on the 26th and 31st August, 1896, then commencing the revo lution in the. provinces of Manila and Cavite. On these memorable. days the people of Balintawak, Santa Mesa, Kalookan, Kawit, Noveleta and San Francisco de Malabon rose against the Spaniards and proclaimed the Independence of the Philippines, and in the course of the next five days these uprisings were followed by the inhabitants of the other towns in Cavite province joining in the revolt against the Spanish Government although there was no previous arrangement looking to a general revolt. The latter were undoubt edly moved to action by the noble example of the former.
2-With regard to the nsmg in the pro vmce of Cavit.e it should be stated that although a call to arms bearing the signatures of Don Augustin Rieta, Don Candido Firona and myself, who were Lieutenants of the Revo lutionary Forces, was circulated there no certainty about the orders [>eing obeyed, or even received by the people, for it happened that one copy of the orders fell into the hands of a Spaniard named Don Fernando Parga, Military Governor of the province, who at that time was exercising the functions of Civil Governor, who promptly reported its contents to the Captain-General of the Philip pines, Don Ramon Blar.co y Erenas. The latter at once issued orders for the Spanish troops to attack the revolutionary forces. It would appear beyond doubt that One whom eye of man hath not seen in his wisdom and mercy ordained that the emancipation of the oppressed people of the Philippines should be undertaken at this time, for otherwise it is inexplicable how men armed only with sticks and wholly un organized and undisciplined, could defeat the Spanish Regulars in severe engagements at Bakoor, Imus and Noveleta and, in addition to making many of thorn. prisoners, captured a large quantity of arms and ammunition. It was owing to this astonishing success of the revolutionary troops that General Blanco quickly concluded to endeavour to maintain Spanish control by the adoption of a A kind of aword-'l'ranslator.
-3conciliatory policy under the pretext that thereby he could que l the rebellion, his first act being a declaration to the effect that it was not the purpose of his Government to oppress the people and he had no desire to slaughter tl1e Filipinos." The Government of Madrid disapproved of General Blanco's new policy and speedily appointed Lieutenant-General Don Camilo Polavieja to supersede him, and despatched forthwith a large number of Regulars to the Philippines. 'General Polavieja advanced against the revo lutionary forces with 16,000 men armed with Mausers, and one fie ld battery. He had scarcely reconquered half of Cavite province when he resigned, owing to bad hea1th. That was in April, 1897. Polavieja was succeeded by the veteran General Don Fernando Primo de Rivera, who had seen much active servic e. As soon as Rivera had taken over command of the Forces he personally led his army in the assault upon and pursuit of the revolutionary f o r c es, and so firmly, as well as humanely, was the campaign conducted that he soon reconquered the whole of Cavite province and drove the insurgents into the mountains. Then I e6tablish e d my h eadquarters in the wild and unexplored mountain fastness of Biak-na bat6, where I formed the Republican Government of the Philippines at the end of May, 1897.
-4-II. THE TREATY OF BIAK-NA-BATO. Don Pedro Alejandro Paterno (who was ap pointed by the Spanish Governor-General sole mediator in the discussion of the terms of peace) visited Biak-na-bat6 several times to negotiate terms of the Treaty, which, after negotiations extending over five months, and careful consideration had been given to each clause, was finally completed and signed on the 14th December, 1897, the following bejng the principal conditions :-(1) That I would, and any of my associates who desired to go with me, be free to live in any foreign country. Having fixed upon Hongkong as my place of residence, it was agreed that payment of the indemnity of $800,000 (Mexican) should be made in three instalments, namely, $400,000 when all the arms in Biak-na-bat6 were delivered to the Spanish authorities; $200,000 when the arms surrendered amounted to eight hundred stand ; the final payment to be made when one thousand stand of arms shall have been handed over to the authorities and the Te Deum sung in the Cathedral in Manila as thanksgiving for the restoration of peace. The latter part of February was fixed as the limit of time wherein the surrender of anils should be completed. (2) The whole of the money was to be paid to me personally, leaving the disposal of the money to my discretion and knowledge of tb,e
-5understanding with my associates and other m surgents. ( 3) Prior to evacuating Biak-na-bat6 the remainder of the insurgent forces under Captain-General Primo de Rivera should send to Biak-na-bat6 two General of the Spanish Army to be held as hostages by my associates who remained t.here until I and a few of my compatriots arrived in Hongkong and the first instalment of the money payment (namely, four hundred thousand dollars) was paid t o me. ( 4 ) It was also agreed that the religious corporations in the Philippines be expelled and an autonomous system of government, political and administrative, be established, though by special request of General Primo de Rivera these con ditions were not insisted on in the drawing up of the Treaty, the General contending that such concessions would the Spanish Government to severe criticism and even ridicule. General Primo de Rivera paid the first instal ment of $400,000 while the two Generals were held as in Biak-na-bato. We, the revolutionaries, discharged onr ob ligation to surrender our arms, which were over 1,000 stand, as everybody knows, it having been published in the Manila newspapers. But the Captain General Primo de Rivera failed to fulfil the agreement as faithfully as we did. The other instalments were never paid ; the Friars were lteither restricted in their acts of tyranny aod
-6-oppression nor were any steps taken to expel them or secularize the religious Orders ; the reforms demanded were not inaugurated, though the Te neum was sung. This failure of the Spanish authorities to abide by the terms of the Treaty caused me and my companions much unhappiness, which quickly changed to 8xasperat.ion when I received a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Don Miguel Primo de Rivera (nephew and private Secretary of the above-named General) informing me that I and my companions could neYer return to Manila. \Vas the procedure of this special represen tative of Spain just? III. NEGOTIATIONS. But I and my companions were not to be kept long in our distress, grieving ove r the bad faith of t.he Spaniards, for in the month of March of the referred to (1898) some people came to me and in the name of the Commander of the U.S. S. Petrel asked for a conference in compliance wit.h the wishes of Admiral Dewey. I had some interviews with the above-men tioned Commander, i".e., during the evening of the 16th March and 6th April, during which the Com mander urged me to return to the Philippines to renew hostilities against the Spaniards with the objeet of gaining our independence, and he assured me of the of the U nitecl States in the event of war between the U nite
-7-I then asked the Commander of the Pet1el what the United States could concede to the Filipinos. In reply he said : The Um'ted States 1's a great and rich nation and needs no colonz'es." In view of this reply I suggested to the Com mander the advisability of stating in writing what would b e agre ed to by the United States, and he replied that he would refer the matter to Admiral Dewey. In the midst of my negotiations with the Com mander of the Petrel I was interrupted by letters from Isabelo Artacho and his solicitors, on the 5th April, claiming $200,000 of the money received from the Spanish authorities, and asserting that he ( Artacho) should receive this sum as salary due to him while aeting as Secretary of the Interior, he having been, it was alleged, a member of the Filipino Gov e rnm e nt established in Biak-na-bat6. These letters contained the threat that failure to comply with the demand of Artacho would result in him bringing me before the Courts of Law in Hongkong. It may make the matter clearer if I mention at this point that Isabelo Artacho arrived at Biak na-bat6 and made himself known to and mixed with the officers in the revolutionary camp on the 21st day of September, 1897, and was appointed Secretary of the Interior in the early part of November of that year, when the Treaty of Peace proposed and negotiated by Don Pedro Alejandro Paterno was almost conclud e d, as is pro ved by the fact that the document was signed on the 14th of December of that year.
-8-In the light of these facts the unjust and unreasonable nature of the claim of Artacho is easily discernable, for it is monstrous to claim $200,000 for services rendered to the Revolutionary Government during such a brief period. Moreover, it is a fact that it was agreed between ourselves (the leaders of the Revolution assembled iu Biak-na-bat6) that in the event of the Spaniards failing to comply with each and every one of the terms and conditions of the Agreement the money obtained from the Spanish Government should not be divided, but must. be e:rp.ployed in the purchase of arms and ammunition to renew the war of independence. It is therefore evident that Artacho, in making this preposterous demand, was acting as a spy for the enemy, as an agent of General Primo de Rivera, for he wanted to extinguish the rebellion by de priving its organizers and leaders of the most indispensable element, the "sinews of war," which is money. This was the view, too, of the whole of my colleagues, and it was resolved by us that I should leave Hongkong immediately and thereby avoid the litiga.tion which Artacho seemed bent upon and thereby afford my companions time and opportunity to remove this new and wholly un expected barrier to the realization of our cherished plans for the emancipation of our beloved father land. I am profoundly pleased to say that they succeeded, Artacho withdrawing the suit through a transaction.
In accordance with the decision of the meeting above referred to, I left Hongkong quietly on the 7th April, 1898, on board the steamship Taisang, and after calling at Saigon I reached Singapore as a pass.enger by the s.s. En"dan, landing there as secretly as possible on the 21st April. I at once proceeded to the residence of one of my countrymen. Thus is explained the cause of the interruption of the vitally important uegotiations with Admiral Dewey, initiated by the Commander of the Petrel. But "Man proposes and God disposes is a proverb which was verified ill its fullest sense on this for, notwithstanding the pre cautions taken in my journey to avoid identifica tion yet at 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the day I arrived at Singapore an Englishman came to the house in which I was residing and in a cautious manner stated that the United States Consul at that port, Mr. Spencer Pratt: wished to have an interview with Don Emilio Aguinaldo. The visitor was told that in that house they did not know Aguinaldo ; this being the prearranged answer for any callers. But the Englishman returned to the house several times and persisted in saying that it was no use trying to conceal the fact of Aguinaldo's arrival for Consul Pratt had received notice from Admiral Dewey of General Aguinaldo's journey to Singapore.
-10In reply, the Consul said he would telegraph about this matter to Admiral Dewey, who was, he said, Commander-in-Chief of the squadron which would invade the Philippines, aud who had, he also stated, full powers conferred on him by President McKinley. Between 10 or 12 in the for e noon o f the n ext day the conference was renewed and l\Ir. Pratt then informed me that the Admiral had sent him a t.P.legram in reply to the wish I had expressed for an agreement in writing. He saicl the Admiral's reply was-That tlte United States would at least 1e cognize the Independence oj the Philippin e s under the protection of tlw United States Navy. Tlze Consul added that there was no necessity fo1 entering into a formal written agreement because the word of the Admi'ral and of the United States Consul were in fact equivalent to tlw most solemn pledge that their verbal promises and assurance would be fulfill e d to tlw letter and u;ere not to be classed with Spanish promises or Spanish ideas oj a man's word of lwnow. In conclusion the Consul said, The Government of North America is a very honest, Just, and powe1jul government.'' Being informed of what had Leon said by the visitor I consented to meet Consul Pratt, aud had a strictly private interview with him between 9 and 12 p.m. on 22nd April, 1898, in one of the suburbs of Singapore. As soon as Mr. Pratt met me he said that war had been formally declared by t.he United States against Spain the day before, i.e., on the 21st April.
-11-In the course of the interview alluded to, Consul Pratt told me that as the Spaniards had not fulfilled tho promises tnctcle in t.he Biak-na-bat6 Agreement, the Filipinos had the right to continue the revolution which had been checked by the Biak-na-bato arrangement, and after urging me to hostilities against tho Spaniards he assured mo that the United States would grant much gre ater liberty and more material benefits to the Filipinos than the Spaniards ever promised. I then asked the Consul what benefits the United States would confer 011 the Philippines, pointing out at the same time the advisability of making an agreement and setting out all the terms and conditions in black and white. Being as anxious to be in the Philippines as Admiral Dewey and the North American Consul-to renew the struggle for our Independence-1 took the opportunity afforded me by these re presentatives of the United States, and, placing the fullest confidence in their word of honour, I said to Mr. Pratr t (in response to his persistent professions of solicitude for the welfare of my countrymen) that he could count upo11 me when I returned to the Philippines to raise !he people as one man against the Spaniards, with the one grand object in view as above mentioned, if I could take firearms with me to distribute amongst my countrymen. I assured him that I would put forth my utmost endeavours to crush and extinguish the power of Spain in the islands and I added that if in possession of one
-12-battery of a dozen field-guns I would make the Spaniards surrender Ma11ila in about two weeks. The Consul said he would help me to get over to the Philippines the consignment of arms in respect of which I had made the preliminary arrangements in Hongkong, and he added that. he wonld at once telegraph to Admiral Dewey informing him of this promise in order that the Admiral might give what assistance laid in his power to make the expedition in question a success. On the 25th April the last conference was held in the United States Consulate at Singapore. I was invited by the Consul to meet him on this occasion and as soon as we meL he said he had received a telegram from the Admiral requesting him to ask me to proceed to Hongkong by first steamer to join the Admiral who was then with his squadron in Mir's Bay; a Chinese harbour close to Hongkong. I replied to this proposal in the affirmative, and gave directions to my az'de-de-camp to at once procure passages for myself and com panions., care being taken that the tickets should bear the assumed names we had adopted on lhe occasion of our journey from Hongkong to Singa pore, it being advisable that we should to travel incognto. On the 26th April I called on Consul PraLt to bid him adieu on the eve of my departure from Singapore by the steamship llfalacca. The Consul, after telling me that when I got near the port of I would be b1 t-4e Adrp.iral'!S launch
-13-and taken from the Malacca to the American squadron (a precaution against newe; of my move ments becoming pnblic property, of which I highly approved), then asked me to appoint him Re presentive of the Philippines in the United States, there to zealously ad vocate official recognition of our Independence, My answer was, that I would propose him for the position of Representative of the Philippines in the United States when the Philippine Government was properly organized, though I thought it an insignificant reward for his assistance, for, in the event of our Independence becoming un jait accompli I intended to offer him a high position in the Customs Department, besides granting certain commercial ad vantages and contributing towards the cost of the war whatever sum he might consider due to his Government; because the Filipinos had already decided such a policy was the naturaJ outcome of the exigencies of the situation and could be construed only as a right and proper token of the nation's gratitude. But to continue the statement offacts respecting my return to Hongkong from Singapore : I left Singapore with my A. D. Cs., Sres Pilar and Leyba, bound for Hongkong by the s.s. Malacca, arriving at Hongkong at 2 a.m. on the 1st May, without seeing or hearing anything of the launch which I had been led by Consul Pratt to expect to meet me near the entrance of Hongkong harbour. In response to an invitation from Mr. Rounsevelle Wildman, United States Consul at Hongkong, I wended my way to t.he U oited States Constllate aud between 9 and 11 p.m.
-14-of the same day I had an interview with him. Mr. Wildman told me that Admiral Dewey left for Manila hurriedly in accordance with imperative orders from his Government directing him to attack the Spanish Fleet. He was therefore unable to await my arrival before weighing anchor and going forth to give battle to the Spaniards. Mr. Wildman added that Admiral Dewey left word with him that he woula send a gun boot to take me acros.s to the Philippines. In the course of this interview with Mr. Wildman I spoke to him about the shipment of arms to the islands which I had previoUBly planned with him, and it was then agreed among oursei ves that he (Mr. Rounsevelle Wildman) and the Filipino Mr. 'l'oodoro Sandico should complete the a.rrange ments for the despatch of the expedition, and I there and then h-anded to and depoeited with them the sum of $50,000. b stoom launch was quickly purchaosed for $M.0001 while a oontract was made and entered into for the purchase of 2,000 rifles at $7 eaoh and 200,000 rounds of ammunition at per 1000. A week later (7th May) the American desp utcB.-boat Me Culloclt arrived from Manila bringing news of Admiral Dewey's victory over the Spanish fleet, but did not bring orders to convey me to Maniia. At 9 o'olock that night I had anothe-r interview with Consul Wildman, at his request. On the 15th of the same month the Me Culloch again arrived at Hm:i.kong from :Manila, this time
bringing orders to convey me and my oompanlons to Manila. I was promptly notified of this by Consul Wildman .who requested that we go on board the Me Oulloch at 10 o'clock at night on 16t.h May. Accompanied by Consul \Vildman, the Captain of the Me Culktclt, and Mv John Barrett (who then usually styled himself "ex-Secr-etary of the United. Stateg Legation in Siam ") we boarded an American steam launch and proeeeded to Chinese Kowloon Bay, where the McCulloch was anchored. While bidding us adieu Mr. Barrett said he would call on me in the Philippines, which he did later on in Cavite and Malolos. Mr. "Wildman strongly advised me to establish a Dictatorship as soon as I arrived in the Philippines, and he a-ssnrcd me that he would use his best endeavours to have the arms already contracted for d.elivered to me in the Philippines, which he in fact did. [It is to be observed, though, thai tho first expedition having been conducted satis factorily, the arms reaching me in due course, I was naturally grateful and had confidence in the sincerity and good faith of Consul Wildman, and there was nothing surprising therefore in the fact that I asked him to fit out another expedition and caused the sum of $67,000 to be deposited with him for that purpose. I regret to state, however, that Mr. Wildman has failed to comply with my request and I am informed that he refuses to refund the money.] The Me CuUock left Hong kong at 11 a..m. on the 17th May and arrived off Cavite (Manila Bay)
16 between noon and 1 p.m. on the 19th idem. No sooner had the J,fc Culloch dropped anchor than the Admiral's launch, carrying his Adjutant and Private Secretary, came alongside to convey me the flagship Olympia, where I was received with my Adjutant (Sr. Leyba) with the honours due to a General. The Admiral ushered me into his private quarters, and after the exchange of the usual greetings I asked whether it was trne that he had sent all tlze telegrams to tlze Consul at Sngapore, M'r. Pratt, wln'clz that gentleman had told me he received in 1ega1d to myself. 7lw replied in the affirmative, adding that the Um'ted States had come to the Philippines to protect the natz'ves and free them fTom the yolce of Spain. Be sa1'd, moreover, that AmeTica is exceedingly well o.ff as 1egaTds ter1itory, 1evenue, and 1esou1'Ces and therefore needs no colom'es, assuring me finally that there was no occasion fo1 me to entertain any doubts whatever about tlze 1ecognition of tlze Independence of the Philippz'rws by the United States. Then Admiral Dewey asked me if I could induce the people to rise against the Spaniards and make a short, sharp, and decisive campaign of it. I said in reply that events would speak for themselves, but while a certain arms expedition (respecting which Consul "Wildman was duly in formed that it would be despatched from a Chinese port) was delayed in China we could do nothing, because without arms every victory would assuredly cost us the lives of many brave and dashing
-17-Filipino warriors. The Admiral thereupon offered to despatch a steamer to hurry up the expedition. (This, be it borne in mind, in addition to the General orders he had given the Consul to assist us to procure arms and ammunition.) Then he at once placed at my disposal all the guns seized on board the Spanish warships as well as 62 Mausers and a good many rounds of ammunition which had been brought up from Oorregidor Island by the U.S.S. PetTel. I then availed myself of an early opportunity to express to the Admiral my deep gratitude for the assistance rendered to the people of the .Philip pines by the United States, as well as my unbounded admiration of the grandeur and beneficence of the American people. I also candidly informed the Admiral that before I left Hongkong the Filipinos residing in that colony held a meeting at which the following question was fully discussed, namely, the possibz"Hty that after the Spaniards weTe defeated, anc,l their poweT and prestige in the destmyed, the J!Ylipi7ws might have to wage war against the United States owing to tlw ArneTican Government declining to recognize ow ndependence. In that event the Americans, t was generally agreed, would be sure to defeat us joT they would find us worn out and short oj arnmunitt'on owing to ow stntggle with the Spanianls. I concluded b;IJ asla:ng the gallant Adnn'ral to excuse nw for an amount oj }rankness that night appea1 to boTdeT on impudence, and as sured Mrn of the fact that I was actuated only by a desi1e to have a pe1jectly clea1 understanding the i'nteTest oj both parties.
18-The Admiml saz'cl he was very glad to have this em'dence of ou1 eamestn ess and stmz:c;htjorwardness and he thought the FiHpinos and Ame1icans should act towards one another as friends and allies, and therefore it was ri'gh.t and proper that all doubts should be expressed frankly in ordeT that explanafwns be mq,de, difficulties avoided, and distrust removed; addin_q that, as he had alr e ady indicated, THE UNIT ED STATES WOULD UNQUESTIONABLY RECOGNIZE THE INDEPENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, GUARAN TEED AS IT WAS BY THE WORD OF HONOUR OF AMERI CANS, wMclz, he said, is mo1e positi've, rnore irrevocable tlwn any w1 itten agreement, whiclz rrd.ght not be regarded as bz'ndz'ng when there z's an intention OT desire to repudiate z't, as was the case in respect oj the compact made with the Spania 1ds at Bialc-na-bat6. Then the Admz'ral adm'sed rne to at once have made a Filipi'no National Flag, which he said he would recognize and protect in the p1esence oj the other nations represented by the squadrons ancho red z'n Mani'la Bay, adch'ng, however, that he thought z't advz'sable that we should destroy the power oj Spaz'n before hoistz'ng om national flag, in order that the act would appear more irnpo1'tant and creditable i'n the eyes oj the world and oj the Uni'ted States z'n particular. Then when the Filipno vessels passed to and j1o with the national flag fluttering in tlw breeze they would attract rno1e attention and be nw1e likely to z'nduce respect joT the national coloms. I again thanked the Admiral for his good advice and generous offers, giving him to under stand clearly that I was willing to sacrifice my
-19own life if he would be thereby more exalted in the estimation of the United States, more honoured by his fellow-countrymen. I added that under the present conditions of hearty co-operation, good fellowship and a clear understanding the whole nation would respond to the call to arms to shake off the yoke of Spain and obtain their freedom by destroying the power of Spain in all parts of the archipelago. If, however, all did not at once join in the movement that should not cause surprise, for there would be many unable to assist owing to lack of arms and am munition, while others, again, might be reluctant to take an active part in the campaign on account of the loss and inconvenience to themselves and families that would result from open hostility to the Spaniards. Thus ended my first interview with Admiral Dewey, to whom I signified my intention to reside for a while at the headquarters of the Naval Commandant of Uavite Arsenal. IV. THE REVOLUTION OF 1898. I returned to the Me Oulloch to give directions for the landing of the luggage and war materials which I brought over with me from Hongkong. On my way to the McCulloch I met several of my old associates in the 1896 revolution who had come over from Bataan province. To these friends I gave two letters directing the people of that
-20province and Zambales to rise against the Spaniards and vigorously attack them. Before returning to the Arsenal and when near the landing place I came across several bancas (large open boats) loaded with revolutionists of Kawit (my birth-place) who told me they had been looking out for me for about two we e ks, the Americans having announced that I would soon return to the islands. The feeling of joy which I experienced on the occasion of this reunion with my own kit.h and kin-people who had stood shoulder to shoulder with me in the desperate struggles of the 1896-97 revolution-is simply in describable. Words fail to express my feelingsjoy mingled with sadness and strong determina tion to accomplish the salvation, the emancipation, of my beloved countrymen. Hardly had I set foot in the Naval Headquarters at Cavite, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, than I availed myself of the opportunity to give these faithful adherents orders similar to those despatched to Bataan and Zam bales. I was engaged the whole of that night with my companions drawing up orders and circulars for the above mentioned purpose. We were also kept very busy replying to letters which were pouring in from all sides asking for news respecting the reported return of myself to the islands and requesting definite instructions regarding a renewal of hostilities against the Spaniards.
-21That the invisible, albeit irresistible, hand of Providence was guiding every movement and beneficently favouring all efforts to rid the country of the detedtable foreign yoke is fairly evidenced by the rapid sequence of events above recorded, for in no other way ean one account for the wonderful celerity with which news of my projected return spread far and wide. Sixty-two Volunteers, organized and armed by the Spaniards with Mausers and Remingtons, from San Roque and Caridad, placed themselves under my orders. At first the Americans appre hended some danger from the presence of this armed force, which was promptly placed on guard at the entrance to the Arsenal. When I heard of this I went down and gave them orders to occupy Dalajican, thereby preventing the Spaniards from carrying out their intention to approach Cavite by that route. When the Americans were informed of what I had done they were reassured, and orders were given to the Captain of the Petrel to hand over to me the 62 rifles and ammunition which Admiral Dewey had kindly promised. About 10 a.m. the Petrel's launch landed the arms and ammunition in question at the Arsenal and no time was lost in distributing the arms among the men who were by this time coming in ever increasing numbers to offer their services to me and expressing their willingness to be armed and assigned for duty at the outrosts and on the firing line,
-22-During the evening of the 20th May the old Revolutionary officer Sr. Luciano San Miguel (now a General in cammand of a Brigade) came to me and asked for orders, which were given to him to effect the uprising of the provinces of Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Tayabas, Bulak:m, Morang, Pampanga, Tarlak, Newva Ecija and other northern provinces. He left the same night to execute the orders. During the 21st, 22nd and 23rd and subsequent days of that month my headquarters were simply besieged by my countrymen, who poured into Cavite from all sides to offer their services in the impending struggle with the Spaniards. To such an extent, indeed, were my quarters in the Arsenal invaded that I soon found it necessary to repair to another house in the town, leaving the place en tirely at the disposal of the U.S. Marines, who were then in charge of and guarding Oa vite Arsenal. v. THE DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT. On the 24th May a Dictatorial Government was established, my first proclamation being issued that day announcing the system of government then adopted and stating that J had assumed the duties and responsibilities of head of such govern ment. Several copies of this proclamation were delivered to Admiral Dewey and through the favour of his good offices forwarded to the re presentatives of the Foreign Powers then residing in Manila, notwithstanding our lack ot intercourse with Manila.
-23 A few days later the Dictatorial Government was removed to the house formerly occupied by the Spanish Civil Governor of Cavite, because, owing to the great number of visitors from the provinces and the rapid increase of work the accommodation in the private house was wholly inadequate and too cramped. It was while quartered in the first mentioned house that glad tidings reached me of the arrival at Cavite of the longexpected arms expedition. The whole cargo, consisting of 1,999 rifles and 200,000 rounds of ammu nition, besides other special munitions of war, was landed at the very same dock of t.he Arsenal, and was witnessed by the U.S.S. "Petrel." I immediately despatched a Commission to convey to the Admiral my thanks for the trouble he had taken in sending to hurry up the expedition. I also caused my Commissioners to inform the Admiral that I had fixed the 31st May as the day when the Revolutionary Forces should make a General attack upon the Spaniards. The Admiral returned the compliment by sending his Secretary to congratulate me and my Government upon the activity and enthusiasm displayed in preparing for the campaign, but he suggested that it was advis able to postpone the opening of the campaign to a later date in order that the insurgent troops might he bettor organized and bettor drilled. I replied to the Admiral through his Secretary that there was no cause for any anxiety for everything would be in perfect readiness by the 31st and, moreover, thaL the Filipinos were very anxious t0
-24-free themselves from the galling Spanish yoke, that they would therefore fight and my troops would make up for any deficiency in discipline by a display of fearlessness and determination to de feat the common enemy which would go far to ensure success. I was, I added, nevertheless pro foundly grateful to the Admiral for his friendly advice. I promptly gave orders for the distribution of the arms which had just arrived, sending some to various provinces and reserving the remainder for the revolutionaries of Kawit, the latter being smuggled into the district of Alapang during the night of 27th May. VI. THE FIRST TRIUMPHS. The next day (8th May, 1898), just when we were distributing arms to the revolutionists of Kawit, in the above mentioned district a column, composed of over 270 Spanish Naval Infantry, appeared in sight. They were sent out by the Spanish General, Sr. Pefia, for the purpose of seizing the said consignment of arms. Then it was that the first engagement of the Revolution of 1898 (which may be rightly styled a continuation of the campaign of 1896-97) took place. The battle raged from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Spaniards ran out of ammunition and surrendered, with all their arms, to the Filipino Revolutionists, who took their prisoners to Cavite.
-25 In commemoration of this glorious achievement I hoisted our national flag in presence of a great crowd, who greeted it with tremendous applause and loud, spontaneous and prolonged cheers for Independent Philippines and for the generous nation the United States of America. Several officers and Marines from the American fleet who witnessed the ceremony evinced sympathy with the Filipino cause by joining in the natural and popular rejoicings of the people. This glorious triumph was merely the prelude to a succession of brilliant victories, and when the 31st May came-the date fixed for general uprising of the whole of the Philippines-the people rose as one man to crush the power of Spain. The second triumph was effected in Binakayan, at a place known as Polvori'n, where the Spanish garrison consisting of about 250 men was attacked by our raw levvies and surrendered in a few hours, their stock of ammunition being completely exhausted. I again availed myself of the opportunity to hoist our national flag and did so from an upper story of the Polv01i'n facing the sea, with the object of causing the sacred insignia of our Liberty and Independence to be seen fluttering in the breeze by the warships, r e presenting all the great and civiliz e d nations of the world, which w e r e congregate d in the harbour observing the providential evolution going on in the Philippines after upwards of three hundred years of Spanish domination,
-26 Scarcely had another hour elapsed before another flag was seen flying over the steeple of the Church at Bakoor-which is alfm in full view of in the harbour-being the signal of another triumph of our troops over the Spanish forces which held that town. The garrison consisted of about 300 men, who surrendered to the Re volutionary Army when their ammunition was exhausted. And so the Revolution progressed, triumph following triumph in quick succession, evidencing the power, resolution and ability of the inhabitants of the Philippines to rid themselves of any foreign yoke and exist as an independent State, as I affirmed to Admiral Dewey and in respect of which he and several American Commanders and officers warmly congratulated me, specially mentioning the undeniable triumphs of the Philippine Army as demonstrated and proved by the great number of prisoners we brought into Cavite from all parts of Luzon. VII. 'l'HE PHILIPPINE FLAG. In conformity with my orders issued on the 1st of September, all Philippine vessels hoisted the national flag, the Marines of the Filipino flotilla being the first to execute that order. Our little flotilla consisted of some eight Spanish steam launches (which had been captured) and five vessels of greater dimensions, namely, the Taaleno, B alayan, Taal, Bulucan, and Purisma Concepc io n.
-27These vessels were presented to the Philippine Government by their native owners and were con verted by us, at our Arsena], into gunboats, 8 and 9 centimetre guns, taken from the sunken Spanish wa1shps, being mounted on board. Ah what a beautiful, inspiring joyous sight that flag was fluttering in the breeze from the topmasts of our vessels, side by side, as it were, with the ensigns of other and greater nations, among whose mighty warships our little cruisers passed to and fro dipping their colours, the ensign of Liberty and Independence With what reverence and adoration it was viewed as it suddenly rose in its stately loneliness crowning our victories, and, as it were, smiling approvingly upon the un disciplined Philippine Army in the moment of its truimphs over the regular forces of the Spanish Government One's heart swells and throbs again with the emotions of extreme delight ; the soul is filled with pride, and the goal of patriotism seems well-nigh reached in the midst of such a magnificent spectacle At the end of June I called on Admiral Dewey, who, after complimenting me on the rapid triumphs of the Philippi'ne Revolution, told me he had been asked by the German and French Ad mirals why he allowed the Filipinos to display on their vessels a flag that was not recognized. Ad miral Dew e y said his reply to the French and German Admirals was-with his knowledge and con sent the Filipt'nos used that flag, and, apart from this,
-28-he was of opinion that in view of the courage and steadfastness of purpose displayed in the war against the Spaniards the Filipinos deserved the right to use their flag. I thereupon expressed to the Admiral my un bounded gratitude for such unequivocal protection, and on returning to the shore immediately ordered the Philippine flotilla to convey troops to the other provinces of Luzon and to the Southern islands, to wage war against the Spaniards who garrisoned them. VIII. EXPEDITION TO BISA YAS. Th6 expedition to Bisayas was a complete success as far as the conveyance of our troops to the chief strategic points was concerned, our steamers returning safely to Cavite after landing the soldiers. The steamer Bulusan, however, which sailed for Masbate with Colonel Sr. Mariano Riego de Dios' column destined for duty in Samar was sighted by the Spanish gunboats Elcano and Umnus, which gave chase, and the former proving the faster overtook and attacked the Bulusan doing so much damage to her that she foundered after a hot engagemant in which considerable damage was done to the Spaniard. Happily the crew and troops on board of the Bulusan saved their lives by swimming ashore. IX. THE STEAMER "COMPANIA DE FILIPINAS." In a few days the Spanish steamer Campania de Filipi'nas was brought to Cavite by my countrymen,
29-who captured her in the harbour of Apn.rri. Cannon were at once mounted on board this vessel and she was load e d with troops and despatched for Olongapo, but she had not gone far b e fore I sent another gunboat to recall her because Admiral Dewey requested me to do so in order that a ques tion raised by the French Consul might be duly settled. The Admiral having been informed that when captured the Compana de Fltjn'nas was flying the Spanish flag abstained from interfering in the matter and handed the French Consul's protest over to me, affirming at the same time that he and his jo1'ces were z'n no way concerned z'n t.he matte1. This incident, which was soon settled, clearly demonstrates the recognition of and protection extended to the Philippine R e volution by Admiral Dewey. The Fz'lipz'nas (as this steamer has since been styled) was again despatched to Olongapo and on her way back landed troops in the provinces of Cagayan and the Batanes islands for the purpose of wresting the government of those districts from Spain. This steamer, whose name has more re cently been changed to Luzon, is at present ashore in the Rio Grande, in Cagayan, where she was beached owing to some damage to her machinery. When our steamers were leaving the harbour wiLh troops for the provinces they dipped their ensigns in passing Admiral Dewey's flagship Olympa, performing this act in conformity with the rules o international courtesy, a demonstration
-30of friendship that was invariably promptly re sponded to in the usual way. x. THE PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Dictatorial Government decided that the proclamation of Independence should take place on the 12th June, the ceremony in connection therewith to be held in the town of Kawit. With this object in view I sent a. Commission to inform the Admiral of the arrangement and invite him to be present on the occasion of the formal proclama tion of Independence, a ceremony which was solemnly and impressively conducted. The Ad miral sent his Secretary to excuse him from taking part in the proceedings, stating the day fixed for the ceremony was mail day. About the end of that month (June) the Spanish gunboat Leyte escaped from 1he Macabebe river and reached Manila Bay, where she was seized by General Torres' troops. She had on board part of the troops and volunteers which were under the command of the Filipino Ooionel Sr. Eugenio Blanco, but on being sighted by an American gunboat she voluntarily surrendered. Admiral Dewey delivered to me all the prisoners and arms on board the vessel, which latter, how ever, he took possession of; but after the fall of Manila he demanded that I should give back the prisoners to him. On the 4th July the first United States military expedition arrived, under command of General
-31-Anderson, and it was quartered in Cavite Arsenal. This distinguished General called on me in the Fili pino Government House at Cavite, an honour and courtesy which I promptly returned, as was right and proper, seeing that we were friends, of equal rank, and allies. In the course of official inter course General Anderson solemnly and completely endorsed the promises made by Admiral Dewey to me, asserting on his word of honour that America had not come to the Philippines to wage war against the natives nor to conquer and retain territory, but only to liberate the people from the oppression of the Spanish Government. A few days before the arrival of this military expedition, and others that followed under command of General Merritt, Admiral Dewey sent his Secretary to my Government to ask me to grant permission for the stationing of American troops in Tambo and Maytubig, Paranaque and Pasay. In view of the important promises of Ad miral Dewey, above mentioned, the Dictatorial Government consented to the movement of troops as proposed. During that month (July) Admiral Dewey accompanied by General Anderson visited Cavite, and after the usual exchange of courtesi!is he said-" You have had ocular demonstration and confirmation of all I have told you and promised you. How pretty your flag is It has a triangle, and is something like the Cubans'. Will you give me one as a memento when I go back home?"
-32-I replied that I was fully satisfied with his word of honour and of the needlessness of having our agreement in documentary form. As to the flag he wanted, he could have one whenever he wished. The Admiral continued : Documents a1e useless when tltete is no sense of honour on one sde, as was tlw case in 1espect of the compact wth the Spana1ds, who jailed to act to what had been w1itten and sgned. Have faith in my wotcl, and I assure you that the Un,ted States will recogmze the independence of the cou.ntry. But 1 1ecommend you to keep a good deal of what we have sad and agreed sec1et at present. I jwtlw1 request you to have patence if any oj our soldt'ers insult any Flpi'nos, joT beng Volunteers they are as yet undsdph"ned. I replied that I would bear in mind all his advice regarding cautiousness, and that with re spect to the misconduct of the soldiers orders had already been issued enjoining forbearance, and I passed the same remarks to the Admiral about unpleasantness possibly arising through lack of discipline of our own forces. XI. THE SPANISH COMMISSION. At this juncture the Admiral suddenly changed the topic of conversation and asked-" Why don't the people in Manila rise against the Spaniards "as their c ountrymen in the provinces have clone? "Is it true that t.hey accept the autonomy offered by General Augustin with a representative
-33"Assembly? Is the report which has reached me 11 true, that a Filipino Commission has been sent from Manila to propose to you the acceptance of 11 that autonomy coupled with a recognition of your rank of General, as well as recognition of the "rank held by your companions?" "The people of Manila," I answered, "are quiet "because they have no arms and because as mP.rchants and landlords they fear that theii" valuable properties and money in the banks will be confiscated by the Spaniards if they rise up and begin burning and destroying the property of others. On this account they had ostensibly accepted autonomy, not because that was what they "wanted but more as a means of deceiving the ''Spaniards and being allowed to live in peace ; but I am confident that all the Filipinos in Manila are for t"ndependence, as will be proved the very day "our troops capture Manila. At that time I fully expect the people of Manila will join with us in "raising loud cheers for the Independence of the Philippines, making fresh demonstrations of "loyalty to our Government." I also told him it was true that a Mixed Com mission had arrived and in the name of General Augustin and Archbishop Nozaleda made certain proposals; but they made known to us their inten tion to adhere to our Cause. The members of the Commission said the Spaniards instructed them to say they came motu propio,;:1 without being formally "' Of their own free will and accord-'l'ranslator,
-34-appointed or' coached' by the Spanish authorities in what they should say, representing, on the contrary, that they were faithful interpreters of sentiment of the people of Manila and that they had good reason for believingthat ifl was willing to accept autonomy General Augustin and Archbishop N ozaleda would recognize my rank of General, and that of my companions, would give me the $1,000,000 indemnity agreed upon at Biak-na-bat6 and still unpaid, as well as liberal rewards for and salaries to the members of a popular Assembly promises which the Commissioners did not put any faith in, though some of them held the opinion that the money should be accepted because it would reduce the funds of the Spanish Government and also be cause the money had been wrung from Filipinos. The Commissioners, I added, left after assuring me that the people in Manila would rise against the Spaniards if supplied with arms, and that the best thing I could do was to make an attack on Manila at the places they pointed out aR being the weakest parts of the Spanish defence and consequently the easiest to overcome. I thanked the Commission for their loyalty and straightforwardness, told them they would be given an escort to take them safely back to the Spanish lines, and that when they got hack they sho uld inform those who had sent them that they were not received because they were not duly accredited and that even if they had brought credentials according to what they had seen and heard from the Revo lutionists Don Emilio Aguinaldo would certainly
-35-not consider, much less accept, their proposals respecting autonomy because the Filipino people had sufficient experience to govern themselves, that they are tired of being victimised and subjected to gross abuses by a foreign nation under whose domination they have no wish to continue to live, but rather wish for their independence. Therefore the Spaniards might prepare to defend their sover eignty, for the Filipino Army would vigorously assault the city and with unflagging zeal prosecute the seige until Manila was captured. I also told the Commissioners to tell Arch bishop Nozaleda that he was abusing the privileges and authority of his exalted position ; that such conduct was at variance with the precepts of His Holiness the Pope, and if he failed to rectify matters I would throw light on the subject in a way which would bring shame and disgrace upon him. I added that I knew he and General Augustin had commissioned four Germans and five Frenchmen to disguise themselves and assasinate me in the vain hope that once I am disposed of the people of the Philippines would calmly submit to the sovereignty of Spain, which was a great mistake, for were I assassinated, the inhabitants of the Philippines would assuredly continue the struggle with greater vigor than ever. Other men would come forward to avenge my death. Lastly I recommended the Com missioners to tell the people in Manila to go on with Lheir trades and industries and be perfectly at ease about our Government, whose actions were guided in the paths of rectitude and justice, and
-36-that since there were no more Friars to corrupt the civic virtues, the Filipino Government was now endeavouring to demonstrate its honesty of purpose before the whole world. There was therefore no reason why they should not go on with their business as usual and should not think of leaving Manila and coming into the Camp, where the resourses were limited, where already more were employed than was necessary to meet the require ments of the Government and the Army, and where, too, the lack of arms was sorely felt. The Commissioners asked me what conditions the United States would impose and what benefits they would confer on the Filipinos, to which I replied that is was difficult to answer that question in view of the secret I was in honour bound to keep in respect of the terms of the Agreement, contenting myself by saying that they could learn a good deal by carefully observing the acts, equivalent to the exercise of sovereign rights, of the Dictatorial Government, and especially the occular demon strations of such rights on the waters of the harbour. These statements, which were translated by my interpreter, Sr. Leyba, made such an impres sion on the Admiral that he interrupted, asking Why did you reveal our secret ? Do you mean that you do not intend to keep inviolate our well understood silence and watchword ? I said in reply that I had revealed nothing of the secret connected with him and the Cousul.
-37-The Admiral then thanked me for my cautious ness, bid we good-by and left with General An derson, after requesting me to refrain from assaulting Manila because, he s:1.id, they were studying a plan to take the Walled City with their troops, leaving the suburbs for the Filipino forces. He advised me, nevertheless, to study plans of taking the city in conjunction wiLh their forces, which I agreed to do. XII. MORE AMERICAN TROOPS. A few days later American troops arrived, and with them came General Merritt. The Admiral's Secretary and two officers came to the Dictatoriat Government and asked that we allow them to occupy our teuches at Maytubig from the harbour side of that place right up to the main road, where they would form a continuation of our lines at Pasay and Singalong. This I also agreed to on accounl of the solemn promises of the Admiral and the trust naturally placed in them owing to the assistance rendered and recognition of our independence. Ten days after the Americans occupied the trenches at Maytubig (this move being well known by the Spaniards who were entrenched at the Magazine in San Antonio Abad) their outposts, composed of a few men only, were surprised by the Spaniards, who made a night attack on them. They had barely tim e t o get out of the ir beds and fall back on the centre, abandoning their rifles and six;: field-guns in their precipitate retreat.
-38-The firing being distinctly heard, our troops immediately rushed to the assistance of our friends and allies, repulsing the 8paniards and recapturing the rifles and field-guns, which I ordered to be returned to the Americans as a token of our goodwill and friendship. G6'neral Noriel was opposed to this r e stitution, alleging that the arms did not belong to the Americans since the Filipino troops captured them from the Spaniards. But I paid no attention to the reasonable opposition of my General and gave imperative instructions that they be returned to the Americans, shewing thereby clearly and positively the good-will of the Filipinos. rrhe said rifles and field-guns, wit.h a large quantity of am munition, was therefore restored to those who were then our allies, notwithstanding the fact of General Noriel's brigade capturing them at a eost of many lives of our compatriots. Later on more American reinforcements arrived and again Admiral Dewey, through his Secretary, asked for more trenches for their troops, averring that those which we had given up to them before were insufficient.. We at once agreed and their lines were then extended up to Pasay. XIII. THE THIRTEENTH OF AUGUST. The 13th August arrived, on which day I noticed a general advance of the American land
-39--and sea forces towards Manila, the former being under command of General Anderson at Paranaque. Subsequently I ordered a general assault of the Spanish lines and in the course of this movement General Pio del Pilar succeeded iu advancing through Sampalok and attacked the Spanish troops who where defending the Puente Colgante,l:: causing the enemy to fall back on the Bridge of Spain. The column commanded by our General, Sr. Gre gorio H. del Pilar, took the suburbs of Pretil, Tendo, Divisoria and Paseo de Azcarraga, situated north of Manila city ; while General Noriel's com mand, near Pasay, took the suburbs of Singalong and Pako, and following the American column he out-flanked the Spaniards who were defending San Ant:onio Abad. The Spanish officers observing General N oriel's move ordered their men to retreat towards the Walled City, whereupon the Americans who held the foremost trenches entered Malate and Ermita without firing a shot. At this point the Americans met General Noriel's troops who had captured the above mentioned suburbs and were quartered in the building formerly used by the Exposicion Regional de Filipinas, tin the Normal, and in Sr. Perez' house in Paco. In Santa Ana (the eastern section of Manila) General Ricarto successfully routed five companies of Spaniards, being aided in this by the manmuvres of General Pio del Pilar's brigade '"' Suspension bxidge.-Translator. t Philippine J_,ocal Exhibition.-1'ranslator,
-40-XIV. FIRST CLOUDS. Our troops saw the American forces landing on the sea shore near the Luneta and Paseo de Santa Lucia, calling the attention of everybody to the fact that the Spanish soldiers in the city forts were not _ring on them (the Americans), a mystery that was cleared up at sunset when details of the capitulation of Mauila, by Genera] J audenes in accordance with terms of an agreement with General Merritt, became public property-a capitulation which the American Generals reserved for their own benefit and credit in contravention of the agreement arrived at with Admiral Dewey in the arrangement of plans for the final combined assault on and capture of Manila by by the allied forces, :American and Filipino. Some light was thrown upon this apparently inexplicable conduct of the Americar;. Commanders by the telegrams which I received during that day from General Anderson, who wired me from Maitubig asking me to issue orders forbidding our troops to enter Manila, a request which I did not comply with because it was not in conformity with the agreement, and it was, moreover, diametrically opposed to the high ends of the Revolutionary Government, that after going to the trouble of beseiging Manila for two months and a half, sacri ficiug thousands of lives and millions of material interests, it should be supposed such sacrifices were made with any other object in view. than the
-41-capture of Manila and the Spanish garrison which stubbornly defended the city. But General Merritt, persistent in his designs, begged me not only through the Admiral but also through Major Bell to withdraw my troops from the suburbs to (as it was argued) prevent the danger of conflict which is always to be looked for in the event of dual military occupation ; also by so doing to avoid bringing ridicule upon the American forces ; offering, at the same time, in three lett.ers, to negotiate after his wishes were complied with. To this I agreed, though neither immediately nor at one time, but making our troops retire gradually up to the blockhouses in order that the whole of the inhabitants of Manila should witness the proceedings of our troops and amicabi lity toward our American allies. Up to that time, and in fact right up to the time when the Americans openly commenced hosti lities against us, I entertained in my soul strong hopes that the American Commanders would make absolute with their Government the verbal agreement made and entered into with the Leader of the Philippine Revolution, notwithstanding the indica tions to the contrary which were noticeable in their conduct, especially in respect of the conduct of Admiral Dewey, who, without any reason or justi fication, one day in the month of October seized all our steamers and launches. Being informed of this strange proceeding, and at the time when the Revolutionary Government
-. 42-had its headquarters in Malolos, I despatched a Commission to General Otis to discuss the matter with him. General Otis gave the Commissioners a letter of recommendation to the Admiral to whom he referred them ; but the Admiral declined to receive the Uommission notwithstanding General Otis's recommendation. Notwithstanding the procedure of the American Commanders, so contrary to the spirit of all the compacts and antecedents above mentioned, I continued to maintain a friendly attitude towards them, sending a Commission to General Merritt to bid him farewell on the eve of his departure for Paris. In his acknowledgement of his courtesy General Merritt was good enough to say that he would advocate the Filipino Cause in the United States. In the same manner I sent to Admiral Dewey a punal in a solid silver scabbard and a walking stick of the very best cane with gold handle engraved by the most skilful silversmiths as a souvenir and mark of our friendship. This the Admiral accepted, thereby in some measure relieving my feelings and the anxiety of my compatriots constituting the Revolutionary Go vernment, whose hearts were again filled with pleasant hopes of a complete understanding with Admiral Dewey. XV. VAIN HOPES. Vain indeed became these hope when news arrived that Admiral Dewey had acted and was Short sword-Translator.
-43 continuing to act against the Revolutionary Govern ment by order of His Excellency Mr. McKinley, who, prompted by the "Imperialist" party, had decided to annex the Philippines, granting; in all probability, concessions to adventurers to exploit the immense natural wealth lying concealed under our virgin soil. This news was received in the Revolutionary camp like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky. Some cursed the hour and the day we treated ver1>ally with the Americans; some denounced the ceding of the suburbs, while others again were of opinion that a Commission should be sent to General Otis to draw from him clear and positive declarations on the situation, drawing up a treaty of amity and commerce if the United States recognize our in dependence or at once commence hostilities if the States refused. In this crisis I advised moderation and prudence, for I still had confidence in the justice and rectitude of United States Congress, which, I believed, would not approve the designs of the Imperia.list party and would give heed to the declarations of Admiral Dewey, who, in the capacity of an exalted Representative of the United States in these Islands concerted and covenanted with me and the people of the Philippines recogni tion of our independence. In fact in no other way was such a serious matter to be regarded, for if entrusted to
Admiral Dewey the honour of her forces in such a distant region, surely the Filipinos might equally place their trust in the word of honour of such a p'olished, chivalrous gentleman and brave sailor, in the firm belief, of course, that the great and noble American people would neither reject his decision nor expose to ridicule the illustrious conqueror of the Spanish fleet. In the same way the not less known and notorious circumstances, that the American Com manders who came soon after the echoes of the Admiral's victory reached their native shores, namely, Generals Merritt, Anderson and Otis, pro claimed to the people of the Philippines that America did not come to conquer tern"tories, but to liberate 'tts 'tnhabtants from the oppression of Spanish Sovereignty. I would therefore also expose to universal ridicule and contempt the honour of these Commanders if the United States, by re pudiating their official and public acts, attempts to annex these islands by conquest. XVI. THE AMERICAN COMMISSION. With such prudent as well as well founded reflections, I succeeded in calming my companions shortly before the official news arrived report.ing that the Washington Government, acting on Ad miral Dewey's suggestion, had intimated its inten tion to despatch a Civil Commission to Manila which wol.lld treat with the Filipinos with
-45t.o arriving at a definite understanding respecting the government of the Islands. Joy and satisfaction now filled the breasts of all the Revolutionists, and I thereupun set. about the appointment of a Commission to meet the American Commissioners. At the same time I gave strict orders that the most friendly relations should be maintained with the Americans, enjoining toleration and overlooking of the abuses and atrocities of the soldiery, because the effect on the Commissioners would not be good if they found us at loggerheads with their nation's forces. But the of the Americans were now becoming intolerable. In the market-place at Arroceros they killed a woman and a little boy under the pretext that t.hey were surprising a gambling den, thus causing the greatest indignation of a great concourse of people iu that vicinity. My Adjutants, too, who held passes permitting them to enter Manila with their uniform and sidearms, were molested by being repeatedly stopped by every patrol they met, it being perfectly evident that the intention was to irritale them by exposing them to public ridic.ule. \Vhile this sort of thing was going on as against our people the American Commanders and officers who visited our camp were treated with the utmost courtesy and consideration. In Lacoste Street an American guard shot and killed a boy seven years of age for taking a from a Chinaman.
-46rrhe searching of houses was carried on jnst it was during the Spanish regime, while the ;\merican soldiers at the outposts often invaded olll' lines, thus irritating our seutries. It would 1:1ake this book a very large volume if I continued t. 1 state thA abuses and atroc1t1es commitIt'd by the American soldiery in those days of glmeral anxiety. It seemed as if the abuses were authorised or aL least winked at in official quarters for the pnrp >:>0 of provoking an outbreak of hostilities. Exitement ran high among all classes of people, but Filipino Government, which had assumed re for the acts of the people, by the co;llst.ant issue of prudent orders succeeded in calming the excited populace and rnaint.ainecl p8ace, advising all sufferers to be patient and prudeut pending the arriYal of the Civil Com:nission. XVII. Jl\1l'OLITIC ACTS. At. such a critical juncture as this, and before the anxiously-awaited Civil Commission arrived, i1. occurred to General Otis, 0dmmandant of the ;\ : nerican fot\-:es, to commit two more impolitic a to:>. One of them was t.he order to search our i l'ltgraph offices in Sagnmo Street, in Tondo, n here the seaching party t:leized the apparatus and dhined the officer in charge, Sr. Reyna, in the l.: terzlli under tho pretext that he was l'!)m;piring against the Americans. '-.::;_ ______ .....:........-_____ 0 The Black llolc of Mm!ila..
-47-How and \vhy Wf\B Sr. Reyna conspiring? was not .this sufficient for the Filipino Governme11t to give the order to attack and rescue Reyna and thereby 'vVe (eight thousand strong) be plunge l immediately into war with the U nitecl States '? \Vas there any reason for conspiring when t.lw power was in our own L.ands ? And, above all, would a telegraphist be likely to interfere in de guerre when there was an anny near by to attend to such matters ? It was abundantly manifest that the object was by wounding the feelings of and belittling the Filipino Government to provoke a collision, and ir. ivas clear also that this system of exasperating us wa.s not merely the wanton act of the soldiery but was actually prompted by General Otis himself, who, imbued with imperialistic tendencies, regarded the coming of the Civil Commission with disfavour and especially would it be unsatisfactory that this Commission should find the Philippines in a state of perfect tranquility, because it wa8 evident to the said General, as well as to the whole world, that the Filipinos would assuredly have arrived at a definite ar!licahle agreement with t.lw aforesaid Commission if it reached the island,; while peace prevailed. \Ve, the Filipinos, would have received the Commission with open arms and complete accord as honourable Agents of the great American nation. The Commissioners could have visited all. our provinces, seeing and taking note of the complete tronquility throughout, our territory. They
-+8-c-ould have seen our cultivated lands, examined our Constitution and investigated the administration of public affairs in perfect peace and safety, and havB felt and enjoyed the inimitable charm of our Oriental style,-half negligent, half solicitude, warmth and chilliness, simple confidence and suspiciousness ; characteristics which cause des criptions of contact with us to be depicted by foreigners in thousands of different hues. Ah but neither did General Otis nor the Imperialists wish for such a laud:;cape. It was better for their criminal designs tha.t the America11 Commission should view the desolation and horrors of war in the Philippines, inhaling on the very day of their arrival the revolting odour emitted from American and Filipino corpses. It was better for their purposes that that gentleman, Mr. Schurman, President of the Commission, should return from l\Janila, limiting his investigation to inquiries a1qong the few Filipinos, who, seduced with gold, were siding with the Imperialists. It were better for them that the Commission should view the Philippines problem through fire and slaughter, in the mid::!t of whizzing bullets and the uncon trolled passion of infuriated foes, thus preventing them from forming correct judgment of the exact. and natural conditiors of the problem. Ah! it was, lastly, better the Commission return to the States defeated in its mission of obtaining peace and blaming me and other Filipinos for its inability to settle matters, when, in reality, I and all the Philippine people were longing that t.hat
-peace had been concluded yesterday,-long before now--but an honesL and honourable peace, honour able alike for the United States and the PhiHppine Republic in order that it be sincere and everlasting. The second impolitic aet of General Otis was the issue of a proclamation on the 4th of January, 1899, asserting in the name of President McKinley the sovereignty of America :io these islands, with threats of rui11, death and desolation no all who declined to recognize it. I, Emilio Aguinalclo-though the humble servant of all, am, as President of the Philippine Repub lic, charged with the safeguarding of the rights and independence of'the peDple who appointed me to such an exalted position of trust and responsibilitymistrusted for the first time the honour of the Americans, perceiving of course that this proclama tion of General Otis completely exceeded the limits of prudence and that therefore no other course was open to me but to repel with arms such unjust and unexpected procedure on the part of the commander of friendly forces. I protested, therefore, against such a pro clamation-also threatening an immediate rupture of friendly relations,-for the whole populace was claiming that an act of treason had been comrnit.t.ed, plausiLly asserting that the announcement of the Commission applied for by Admiral Dewey was a ruse, and that what General Otis was scheming for was to keep ns quiet while he brought reinforcement after reinforcement from the United
GO Stutes for the purpose of crushing our untrained and badly equipped Army with one blow. But now General Otis acted for the first time like a diplomatist, and wrote me, through his Secretary, Mr. Carman, a letter inviting the Filipino Govemment to send a Commission to meet an American Commission for the purpose of arriving at an amicable arrangement between both parties ; and although I placed no trust in the professions of friendly intentions of the said General-whose determination to prevent the Com mission arriving at a peaceful solution of the difficulties was already evident-I acceded to the request., partly because I saw the order, dat.ed 9th J anuary1 given by the above mentioned General con firmed, and Qll the other hand to show before the whole world my manifest wishes for the conserva tion of peace and friendship with the United Stat, es, solemnly compacted with Admiral Dewey. XVIII. THE D COli
Lenevole-ntly listened to by the American missioners. 'rhe latter replied that they had n c twthoiit.y to recognize the .Filipino Government, their mission being limited to hearing what the J ilipinos said, to collect data to formulate the will people and trausn1.it it fully and faithfully to the Government of Washington, who alone could arrive at. a definite decision ou the subject. These :onferences ended in perfect harmony, auguring well for happier times and definite peace when Mr. McKinley should reply to General Otis's telegrams transmitting our wishes with his favourable recom mendations, as the American Commissioners said. XIX ot:TBREAK OF HOS'riLI'riES. while I, the Government, the Congress and the entite popLllace wete awaiting the arrival of such a gl'eatly desired reply, many fairly ing with pleasant thoughts, there came the fatal day of the 4th February, during the night of which day the .American forces suddenly attacked all our which in fact at. the time almost ed, because being Saturday, the day before a regular feast day, our Generals and some of the 1nost prominent officers had obtained leave to pass the Sabbath with their respective families. General Pantaleon Garcia was the only one who at snch a critical moment was at his post. in Maypajo, north of Manila, Generals N o riel, Rizal and Ricarte and Colonels San Miguel, Cailles and ()thcrs being away enjoying their leave.
--52-General Otis, according to trustworthy formation, telegraphed to Washington stating that the Filipinos had attacked the American Army. President McKinley read aloud the telegram in the Senate, where the Treaty of Paris of the lOth December, 1898, was being discussed with a view to its ratification, the question of annexation of the Philippines being t.he chief subject of debate, and through this criminal procedure secured the acceptation of the said Treaty in toto by a majority of only three votes, '1 which were east simultaneously with a deelarn.tion that the voters sided with the "Ayes!) on account of war having broken out in these Islands. This Ringnlar comedy could not continue for a gteat length of time becn.use the Filipinos conld never be the aggressors as against the American forces, with whom we had sworn eternal friendship and in whose power we expected t.o find the necessary protection to enahle us to obtain recognition of our independence from the other Powers. 1'he confusion and obfuscation of the first moments was indeed great., but before long it gave place to the light of Truth which shone forth serene, bringing forth berious reflections. When sensible people studied the acts of Mr. McKinley, sending reinforcement after reinforcement to Manila at a time after an armistice was agreed upon and even when. peace with Spain f.l. Many of the American paper11 the majority "M one only in excess of the absolutely rcr')uiejte I!Jil,joriLy.
-53-prevailed ; when they took into account that the despatch of the Civil Commission to settle terms of a treaty of amity with the Filipinos was being delayed; when, too, they knew of the antecedents of my alliance with Admiral Dewey, prepared and arranged by the American Consuls of Singapore and Hongkong, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Wildman ; when they became acquainted with the actual state of affairs on the 4th February (knowing that the Fili pinos were awaiting the reply of Mr. McKinley to the telegram of General Otis in which he transmitted the peaceful wish of the Filipino people of live as an independent nation ; when, lastly, they ri vetted the ir attention to the terms of the 'rreaty of Paris, the approval of which, in as far as it concerned the annexation of the Philippines, was greeted with manifestations of joy and satisfaction by the Imperialist party led by Mr. McKinley, then their eyes were opened to the revelations of truth, clearly perceiving the base, selfish and inhuman policy which Mr. McKinley had followed in his dealings with us the Filipinos, sacrificing remorselessly to their unbridled ambition the honour of Admiral Dewey, exposing thi!:! worthy gentleman and illustrious conqueror of the Spanish fleet to universal ridicule; for no other deduction can follow from the fact that about the middle of May of 1898, the U.S.S .ilfcCulloch brought me with my revolutionary companions from Hongkong, by order of the above menti o n8d Admiral, while now actually the United States squadron is engaged in bombarding the towns and ports held by these
-54-revolutionists, whose objective is and always has been Liberty and Independence. The facts as stated are of recent date and must still be fresh in the memory of all. Those who in May, 1898, admired the courage of Admiral Dewey's sailors and the humanitarianism of this illustrious Commander in granting visible aid to an oppressed people to obtain freedom and independence, surely cannot place an honest construction upon the present inhuman war when contrasting it with those lofty and worthy senti ments. I need not dwell on the cruelty which, from the time of the commencement of hosti lities, has characterized General Otis's treatment of the Filipinos, shooting in secret many who declined to sign a petition asking for autonomy. I need not recapitulate the ruffianly abuses which the American soldiers committed on innocent and defenseless people in Manila, shooting women and children simply because they were leaning out of windows ; entering houses at midnight without the occupants' permission-forcing open trunks and wardrobes and stealing money, jewellery and all valuables they came across ; breaking chairs, tables and mirrors which they could not carry away with them, because, anyhow, they are consequences of the war, though im proper in the case of civilized forces But what I would not leave unmentioned is the inhuman conduct of that General in his dealings with the
-55Filipino Army, when, to arrange a treaty of peace with the Civil Commission, of which Mr. Schurman was President, I thrice sent emissaries asking for a cessation of hostilities. General Otis refused the envoys' fair and reasonable request, replying that he would not stop hostilities so long as the Philippine Army declined to lay down their arms. But why does not this Army deserve some consideration at the hands of General Otis and the American forces? Had they already forgotten the important service the Filipino Army rendered to the Americans in the late war with Spain ? Had General Otis forgotten the favours con ferred on him by the Filipino Army, giving up to him and his Army the suburbs and blockhouses which at such great sacrifice to themselves the Filipinos had occupied? \iVhy should General Otis make such a humi liating condition a prime factor or basis of terms of peace with an Army which stood shoulder to shoulder with the American forces, freely shedding its blood, and whose heroism and courage wore extolled by Admiral Dewey and other Americans ? This unexplained conduct of General Otis, so manifestly contrary to the canons of international law and military honDur, is eloquent testimony of his deliberate intention to neutralize the effects of Mr. Schurman's pacific mission. What peace can be concerted by the roaring of cannon and the whizzing of bullets ?
-56what is and has been the course of procedure of General Brooke in Cuba? Are not the Cubans still armed, notwithstanding negotiations for the pacification and future governmtmt of that Island are still going on ? Are we, perchance, less deserving of liberty and independence than those revolutionists ? Oh, dear Philippines Blame your wealth, your beauty for the stupendous disgrace that rests upon your faithful sons. You have aroused the ambition of the Im perialists and Expansionists of North America and both have placed their sharp claws upon your entrails Loved mother, sweet mother, we are here to defend your liberty and independence to the deat.h we do not want war; on the contrary, we wish for peace ; but honourable peace, which does not make you blush nor stain your forehead with shame and confusion. And \ve swear to yon and promise that while America with all her power and wealth could possibly vanquish us ; killing all of us ; but enslave us, never No ; this humiliation is not the compact I celebrated in Singapore with the American Con sul Pratt. This was not the agreement stipulated for with Mr. vVildman, American Consul in Hong kong. Finally, it was not the subjecti o n of my beloved country to a new alien yoke that Admiral Dewey promised me.
-57-It is certain that these three have abandoned me, forgetting that I was sought for and taken from my exile and deportation ; forgetting, also, that neither of these three solicited my services in behalf of American Sovereignty, they paying the expense of the Philippine Revolution for which, manifestly, they sought me and brought me back to your beloved bosom If there is, as I believe, one God, the root and fountain of all justice and only eternal judge of international disputes, it will not take long, dear mother, to save you from the hands of your unjust enemies. So I trust in the honour of Admiral Dewey : So I trust in the rectitude of the great peo ple of the United States of America, where, if there are ambitious Imperialists, there are defenders of the humane doctrines of the immortal Monroe, Franklin, and Washington ; unless the race of noble citizens, glorious founders of the present greatness of the North American Republic, have so degenerated that their benevolent influence has become subservient to the grasping ambition of the Expansionists, in which latter unfortunate circumstance would not death be preferable to bondage ? Oh, sensible American people Deep is the admiration of all the Philippine people and of their untrained Army of the courage displayed by your Commanders and soldiers. We are weak in com parison with such Titani c instruments of your Government's ambitious Cresarian policy and find jt difficult to effectively resist their courageous
-58-onslaught. Limited are our warlike resources, but we wm continue this unjust, bloody, and unequal struggle, not for the love of war-which we abhor -but to defend our incontrovertible rights of Liberty and Independence (so dearly won in war with Spain) and our territor.y which is threatened by the ambitions of a pa1ty that is trying to sub' jugate us. Distressing, indeed, is war Its ravages cause us horror. Luckless Filipinos succumb in the confusion of combat, leaving behind them mothers, widows and children. America could put up with all the misfortunes she brings on us without discomfort; but what the North American people are not agreeable to is that she should continue sacrificing her sons, causing distress and anguish to mothers, widows and daughters to satisfy the whim of maintaining a war in contravention of their honourable traditioiJs as enunciated by Washington and Jefferson. Go back, therefore, North American people, to your old-time liberty. Put your hand on your heart and tell me : \Vo uld it be pleasant fur you if, in the course of time, North Am e rica should find herself in the pitiful plight of a weak and oppressed people and the Philippines, a free and powerful nation, then at. war with your
59-Civilized nations Honourable inhabitants of the United States, to whose high and estimable consideration I submit this unpretentious work, herein you have the providential facts which led to the unjust attack upon the existence of the Philippine Republic and the existence of those for whom, though unworthy, God made me t.he prin cipal guardian. The veracity of these facts rests upon my word as President of this Republic and on the honour of the whole population of eight million souls, who, for more than t.hree hundred years have been sacrificing the lives and wealth of their brave sons to obtain due recognition of the natural rights of mankind-liberty and independence. If you wi11 do me the honour to receive and read this work and then pass judgment impartially solemnly declaring on which side right and justice rests, your respectful servant will be eternally grateful. (Signed) EMILIO AGUINALDO. Tarlak, 23rcl September, 1899.
INDEX. Chapte?. I.-The Revolution of 1896 ................................. 1 II.-The Treaty of Peace of Biak-na-bat6 ............... 4 IlL-Negotiations ................. : .............................. 6 IV.-The Revolution of 1898 ................................. 19 V.-The Dictatorial Government ........................... 22 VI.-The FirsL Ttiumphs ........... -........................... 24 VII.-The Philippine Flag ........................................ 26 VIII.-Expedition to Bisayas .................................... 28 IX.-The Steamer "Compania de Filipinas" ............ 28 X.-The Proclamation of Independence ..................... 30 XI.-The Spanish Commission ................................ 32 XII.-More American Troops .................................... 37 XIII.-Tbe 13th August ................ ......................... 38 XIV.-'-First Clouds ................................................ 40 XV.-Vain Hopes ................................................... 42 XVI.-The American Commission ............................ .44 XVII.-Impolitic acts ............................................. 46 XVIII.-The Mixed Commission ................................. 50 XIX.-Outbreak of Hostilities .................................... 51