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Gen. Miguel Malvar Essay

2740 words - 11 pages

Unrecognized Successor
Bryan B. Arguilles
What would you do if you have already sacrificed almost all that you have just for your countrymen and receive nothing in return? What would you do if those heroic deeds that you have done that almost kill yourself didn’t gain even just a minute recognition? Isn’t it that you will feel very bad and disappointed? Yes, of course! You will definitely feel very bad and disappointed if those countrymen of yours you have fought hard for didn’t acknowledged all that you have done just for their long-sought freedom. Luckily, General Miguel Malvar didn’t felt this pain for he died with confidence that he have contributed a lot for the freedom of the ...view middle of the document...

If no information, there is just one sentence or two to describe his role in the Philippine Revolution and in the Philippine-American War. How about his line of succession on Philippine presidency? I’m pretty sure that no academic book would publish enough information about this matter, if there is, well thanks to them.
Imagine a sacrificial hero who didn’t think of what misfortune might fell on him just for his duty to be fulfilled. Gen. Malvar is known to be one of the last Philippine generals to surrender to American forces. It’s because he tried his very best to take charge of the Philippine-American War and setup his own Revolutionary Government even if Gen. Aguinaldo, the overall Commanding General and the Philippine president that time, was captured at Palanan, Isabela and exiled to Hong Kong and Gen. Trias, who supposed to be the successor of Gen. Aguinaldo, surrendered to the Americans later on. General Malvar assumes the presidency to carry on the war of liberation. Thus, General Malvar deserves to be recognized as the Second President of the Philippines. General Malvar occupied the Presidency of the Philippines from March 23, 1901, to April 16, 1902. General Malvar used the title Commander-in-Chief and Supreme Head of the Filipino Government.
Good to know that there are still some who still believes in the truth, those who have opened their minds in the reality and realized that a man’s sacrificial deeds are worth remembering. They do believe that General Miguel Malvar truly deserves to be the authentic second Philippine president.
Under the constitution of 1899, the second president was Manuel L. Quezon, who served from 1935 to 1944 as head of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. The first president is considered to have been Emilio Aguinaldo, in the First (Malolos) Republic from 1899-1901. However, on September 18, 2007, Philippine lawmakers from Batangas and Oriental Mindoro, namely Hermilando Mandanas and Rodolfo Valencia, respectively filed House Bill No. 2594 to state Malvar as the Second Philippine President. The lawmakers stated that history is erroneous in creating Manuel Quezon as the Second President of the Philippines serving after Emilio Aguinaldo. “General Malvar took over the revolutionary government after General Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Republic, was captured on March 23, 1901, and [was] exiled in Hong Kong by the American colonial government - since he was next in command,” Rep. Rodolfo Valencia (1st District, Oriental Mindoro), author of House Bill No. 2594, said.
According to Valencia, Malvar's ascendancy to the position was legitimized by the Philippine Revolutionary junta. The Filipino Revolutionary committee (or Hong Kong Junta) officially confirmed Malvar’s assumption of Aguinaldo’s post. This was in consonance with a provision of Aguinaldo’s June 27, 1900, decree where it vested the Hong Kong Junta with the authority to assume Aguinaldo’s post during the interregnum following his possible...

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