Wednesday, January 25, 2012


1900 - The southern town of San Pablo, Laguna is captured by the imperialist American forces some 11 months into the bloody and protracted Filipino-American War (1899-1914) and three months after the invading Bald Eagle nation ordered  major military offensive; United States  Brigadier General Theodore Schwan's column some three months earlier began advancing south of Manila and in the march to invade Laguna province, San Pablo, as well as  San Rosario and San Diego were along the line of march that seemed deserted; beginning December 1899 when the enemy's 39th Infantry arrived in Manila and moved to the Laguna de Bay vicinity under Schwan until March 1901, "there was almost continuous fighting and scouting," with the freedom-fighting Filipinos suffering heavy losses.
Pedro B. Abad Santos
1942 - Philippine-American War (1899-1914) veteran, lawyer, doctor, and socialist Filipino patriot Pedro Abad Santos y Basco, along with other top  leaders of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, is arrested by the Japanese secret police during World War II; also called Don Perico, Abad Santos is the brother of Jose Abad Santos, Justice Secretary of the American-colonial-era "Commonwealth" President Manuel L. Quezon who is said to have greatly admired his "courage, conviction and intelligent ways of leading [the] socialist movement"; Don Perico would be released by the Japanese on account of his failing health and upon recovery, would seek the advice of President Jose P. Laurel who would then refuse to surrender him to the Japanese; Abad Santos would subsequently join his protege Luis Taruc and other HUKBALAHAP  (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon) guerrillas in fighting the Japanese.

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