Emilio Aguinaldo will always be remembered as the revolutionary leader who led the Philippines to independence in 1898 after four centuries of Spanish colonial rule. His term in office as the first President of the Philippines was to be short lived because the Spanish American war centred on Cuba was just concluding and in the subsequent treaty Spain ceded the Philippines to the Americans. Just as the Filipino resistance had lay down its arms they had to rise up again to fight another super power in the Americans. The Filipinos tried valiantly to engage in a conventional war but after suffering heavy losses they changed tactics to fight a guerilla war but eventually succumbed to superior forces after Aguinaldo was captured in 1901. He never forgot the brave men who served and died under his leadership and many observers believed that this influenced his decision to later collaborate with Japanese occupancy as he couldn't bear to witness more Filipino blood being spilled. He was briefly arrested after WWII was over but quickly given amnesty and his lifelong dream of Philippine independence was finally given by the Americans in the Treaty of Manila on 4th July 1946. In 1950 he became a member of the Philippine council of state before he finally retired from politics and public life. In 1962 the Philippine government changed their independence day from the American legacy date of 4th July to 12th June to forever commemorate the Aguinaldo led revolution of 1898. Leaders inspire by their speeches and rhetoric making it interesting researching my compilation of the ten best Emilio Aguinaldo quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Emilio Aguinaldo
- Born: 22nd March 1869, Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
- Died: 6th February 1964, Quezon City, Philippines
- Alma mater: Colegio de San Juan de Letran
- Occupation: Military leader, politician and president
- Wars: Aguinaldo was the revolutionary leader of the Filipino freedom fighters against both the Spanish and the Americans
- Trivia: During the Japanese occupancy in WWII Aguinaldo became the first collaborator after they threatened to kill his entire family. He made speeches requesting Douglas McArthur to surrender and in an ironic twist it was McArthurs father he fought so gallantly against in the war of independence against the Americans
"We cannot free ourselves unless we move forward united in a single desire"
"The Spanish government, whose despotic cruelty American Imperialism now imitates, and in some respects surpasses, denied to us many of the liberties which you were already enjoying"
"We are no longer insurgents; we are no longer revolutionists; that is to say, armed men desirous of destroying and annihilating the enemy"
"The first Philippine Republic of which I was its humble President, was an achievement we owe largely, to Masonry and the Masons"
"There is nothing lacking, therefore, in order for us to be recognized and admitted as a free and independent nation"
"The Successful Revolution of 1896 was masonically inspired, led, and executed"
"I saw my own soldiers die without affecting future events"
"When we protested against this iniquitous ingratitude, then the guns of the United States were turned upon us"
"We were denounced as traitors and rebels; you destroyed the homes to which you had been welcomed as honored guests"
"Why do the Imperialists wish to subjugate us?"
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