Today in History : January 5th

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1896: Written by Emilio Jacinto, a meeting of the By. Makabuhay (a Katipunan Balangay in Mandaluyong), for its promotion to the status of a Sangguniang Bayan or “Sb.” Seven Katipunan Supreme Council members were present with Andres Bonifacio presiding over the meeting. Election of officers and members for the newly formed Sb. Makabuhay were held, while the remaining members of the former balangay not elected to the Sanggunian became members of a newly formed By. Tala. Election of officers for this new balangay were held likewise. After the elections had been held and oaths-of-office had been duly sworn, Bonifacio spoke about the need for all members of the Katipunan, especially the leaders, to act with diligence, perseverance and intelligence.

1899: Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the fledgling Philippine Republic, issues a counter-manifesto to (a softened version) of United States President William McKinley's imperialistic "Benevolent Assimilation" Proclamation; Aguinaldo warns of his government being “disposed to open hostilities if the American troops attempt to take forcible possession of the Visayan islands.”

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