Friday, April 29, 2011

29 April

1897 - Procopio Bonifacio y de Castro, brother of  Supremo Andres Bonifacio, 
President of the underground society-turned-revolutionary-government Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan fighting for liberation against Spain, testifies that the men of Emilio Aguinaldo's camp struck his nose with the butt-end of a gun, an act he says surprised him since he did not offer resistance during their and other Katipuneros' abduction in Limbon in Cavite; Bonifacio, had earlier issued the Acta de Tejeros and the Naic Military Agreement that nullified the election and newfound authority of Aguinaldo's camp on grounds of fraud in the March Tejeros Convention polls and the treasonous act of negotiating for truce with the enemy Spaniards, respectively; Procopio's testimony is part of the kangaroo court martial proceedings conducted by the camp of Aguinaldo led by Brig. Gen. Mariano Noriel against the Supremo; the Bonifacio brothers were shot at, with Ciriaco Bonifacio dying on the spot, and President Bonifacio being hit in the arm and stabbed in the throat, seized and, with Procopio being tightly bound, forcibly taken to Naic from Limbon, Cavite a day earlier; Gen. Santiago Alvarez will write about the very pitiful physical state of the Supremo and his younger brother just before the court martial proceedings. 

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