Sunday, April 10, 2011

10 April

1915 - "The Independent," a radical weekly periodical and the last of five major pro-Philippine Independence journalistic efforts by Vicente Yap Sotto, sees its maiden issue during the American colonial period; walking a thin line between resistance and collaboration with the imperialist Americans, future senator Sotto was earlier arrested and imprisoned in 1899 by the imperialist American military governor during the height of the Filipino-American War (1899-1914) over his publication of "La Justicia," the Cebuano publication dedicated to espousing Philippine Independence but accepting "the fact of American military control"; Sotto as future Filipino solon during the colonial American rule of the southeast Asian archipelago will author the pivotal  Press Freedom Law (later to be known as the Sotto Law, Republic Act No. 53).

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