1900 - One and one-half years into the American invasion (Filipino-American War, 1899-1914), President of the Philippine Republic-on-the-run Emilio Aguinaldo issues a manifesto appealing to appealing to his people not to listen to the Filipino collaborators but to fight ceaselessly for their rights until victory against the imperialist enemy is achieved and independence won and recognized.
|Gen. Vicente Lucban flanked by imperialist American captors|
"Nothing, in truth, is more natural than that we should continue the struggle, whatever be the obstacles placed in our way and despite the capture of him who was our generals;… We should let the world know that the Philippine army is captured, another at once comes forward and succeeds him; that we fight, not at the suggestion of others, but because of our own personal convictions; and that, finally, we are worthy of independence and of universal respect, because we know our rights and how to die in their defense…"
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