Today in Philippie History, December 7, 1830, Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, lawyer and Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s confidante, was born in Biñan, Laguna

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On December 7, 1830, Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, lawyer and General Emilio Aguinaldo’s confidante, was born in Biñan, Laguna.

   Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista
   Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista (Photo credit: http://xiaochua.net/).

Bautista, who was arrested and jailed at the outbreak of the Revolution, was the one who authored the "Act of Declaration of Philippine Independence". He was also the one who read the declaration during the June 12, 1898 Independence proclamation by General Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite.

Accordingly, General Aguinaldo thought that it was necessary to declare the independence of the Philippines to inspire the people to fight more eagerly against the Spaniards. The declaration of independence would also lead foreign countries to recognize the independence of the country.

Bautista patterned the act on the American declaration of Independence, which was signed by 98 persons, among them an American army officer who witnessed the proclamation.

The declaration, however, was not recognized by the United States nor by Spain, as the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, in consideration for an indemnity for Spanish expenses and assets lost. No other foriegn country recognized the Philippine independence.

Bautista, who also served as solicitor general of the revolutionary government, died on December 4, 1903 at the age of 72.

Reference: Philippine News Agency archives


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