107th Philippine Indepence Day Speech

By: Ruben M. Manatad-Provincial Manager, NFA Biliran
Guest Speaker-Biliran Independence Day Commemoration
June 12, 2005-Naval, Biliran

107th years ago today, on June 12, 1898, the Philippine flag was hoisted signaling the end of 400 years Spanish colonial rule in the country, with little help from the Americans. But on February 4, 1899, the United States on the excuse that Filipino soldiers fired at American soldiers at the San Juan Bridge, engaged the Philippines in a war. Actually, it was the American soldier named Willie Grayson who fired shots at four Filipinos crossing the bridge. This led to a 15-year war of the US against Filipino freedom fighters.
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