|Opening of the Malolos Congress|
1898 - The Malolos Congress, the legislative body of the fledgling Philippine government is opened in Bulacan province three months after Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy proclaimed Independence from colonial Spain but a month after Peace Protocol and Mock Battle of Manila between the troops of Spain the emerging imperialist power, the imperialistic United States that aimed to show that the Spaniards in the Southeast Asian archipelago succumbed to the American forces and not the Filipino revolutionaries; Aguinaldo had earlier been verbally conned into cooperating in the war against Spain by various US officials in the region, making him allow the free entry of the American soldiers and holding the attack on the seat of Spanish colonial power, thereby allowing the imperialist G.I.'s to position themselves for the Mock Battle and eventual invasion, with initial hostilities during the bloody and protracted Philippine-American War (1899-1914) to be secretly instigated by the Bald Eagle forces on orders of their President, William McKinley, in the bid to push the US Congress into ratifying the de facto baseless Treaty of Paris where Spain supposedly 'cedes' its former colony and, thus, funding and approving the "annexation" [read: invasion] of the fledgling Philippine Republic.
--- On the same day appointed provincial representatives are convening to draft the Constitution of the First Philippine Republic, the Filipino forces accede to imperialist American General Otis, withdrawing from the limits of the city of Manila with the exception of the districts of Paco and Pandacan, south of the Pasig river, in the bid to prevent the break out of hostilities as the United States military continue their month-long efforts at laying the civilian framework for the invasion of the Southeast Asian country.
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