Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Antonio Ma. Regidor, Diplomat 
1898 - Some three days before the infamous Mock Battle of Manila, Spanish-blooded Filipino Antonio Ma. J. Regidor becomes a member of the Executive Board of the Hong Kong Junta tasked with seeking international recognition of Philippine sovereignty following Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo's June 12 declaration of Philippine Independence against colonial Spain;  Regidor, who will be part of the Agoncillo missions that will present the Philippine case before the United States Congress amidst the looming imperialist advances of the Bald Eagle nation, believe that the only real and enduring tie between Filipinos and Americans are commercial in nature, and will advocate financial and economic, but not political/colonial, relations with the US; some three or four months earlier, amidst the Spanish-American War roughly intersecting with a supposed lull in the Philippine Revolution, Bald Eagle Admiral George Dewey forged an "alliance" with Aguinaldo in fighting Spain, with the latter and other imperialist American military and diplomatic officials taking turns in conning the Filipino general into believing that the U.S. will honor the independence of the Filipinos;  Aguinaldo would stupidly allow the free entry of GI's into the archipelago, allowing the Bald Eagle forces to position themselves for what would be the Mock Battle designed to falsely show the world that it is the Americans instead of the Filipino revolutionaries that have defeated Spain in the Southeast Asian archipelago; the looming imperialist Bald Eagle nation would eventually invade  the Philippines, triggering the bloody and protracted Filipino-American War (1899-1914).

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