1901-03-06

6th March 1901

United States breaks agreement to recognise Philippine independence.

Prime Minister Apolinario M. Mabini, of the fledgling Philippine Republic that was under siege from American forces, informed President Emilio F. Aguinaldo of William Taft’s reply that the United States would not recognize Philippine independence, just over 2 years into the bloody Filipino-American War.

In response President Aguinaldo declared his continued pursuit of independence and urges peace, the reply of Taft, head of the imperialist commission has revealed to the Filipinos that the Taft Commission total aim was American sovereignty of the Philippines and that they had no intention of honouring the independence of Filipinos in any way. In 1900 following his August conference with Taft, Mabini communicated to Aguinaldo his thoughts about the enemy Americans and their refusal to recognize Philippine independence.
President William McKinley’s policy to forcibly annex the Philippines and instigate the Fil-Am War.
Less than two years earlier, the Filipino leader agreed to cooperate with Admiral George Dewey in fighting Spain based on the verbal promises of the latter and other American officials in the Manila/South-east Asia that the U.S. will honour Philippine Independence, with Aguinaldo later stupidly allowing the free entry of G.I.s into the archipelago.

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