Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Year 1906

July 14, 1906
On the strength of a purported letter allegedly signed by American Gov. Gen. Henry Ide that offered Macario Sakay and his men the opportunity to surrender peacefully without prosecution, Dominador Gomez, a known political activist who stood for complete and immediate independence of the Philippines from American control, is able to convince the rebels to go down from the mountains and become peaceful citizens.

July 17, 1906
Sakay and his staff are arrested by American officers in a dance hosted by the acting governor of Cavite. They are tried and convicted as bandits.

September 5, 1906
General Simon Ola, one of the leaders of Filipino resistance in Bicol surrenders to the Americans.

September 13, 1906
Sakay is hanged, but before he died he uttered: "Filipinas, farewell! Long live the Republic and may our independence be born in the future."
[Gregoria de Jesus, the widow of Andres Bonifacio, exalted the patriotism of Macario Sakay. In her autobiography, she says: “Some people consider Sakay a bad man, who in the end became a bandit, but I know that he helped greatly the Katipunan. Macario Sakay was a true patriot ...The first printing press, the revolvers and other weapons, the seal, and other articles were also received from Messrs. Francisco and Valeriano del Castillo, men of the right spirit, patriotic, and of high ideals, who, when informed of the aims of the Katipunan, immediately purchased a big printing press in order to rush the printing of the Kartilla, the newspaper and rules of the society. So, Emilio Jacinto, Aguedo del Rosario, and Alejandro, Cipriano, and Marciano Santiago from Polo, Bulakan, worked together in the printing office, while Macario Sakay and other leaders took charge of the distribution and went on errands.”]

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