Manila, Philippines (December 14, 1897) - And peace has been restored at last. Filipino revolutionary leader Emilio Aguinaldo signed a peace agreement with Governor-General Fernando Primo de Rivera on Friday at Biak-na-Bato, San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan.
Under the agreement, the Filipino revolutionaries will lay down their arms upon the issuance of an order from Aguinaldo. The leaders of the revolution will also submit themselves to exile, with Hongkong having been chosen by their leader as the desired destination.
In exchange, the Spanish colonial authorities will offer to pay Aguinaldo 400,000 Mexican pesos upon his departure from Biak-na-Bato; another 200,000 Mexican pesos will be paid if the number of weapons surrendered by the revolutionaries will reach 800; and additional 200,000 Mexican pesos more if the number of weapons surrendered will reach 1,000 - in which case the Te Deum mass will be celebrated in the Manila Cathedral as a celebration of the restoration of peace.
Sources from among the revolutionaries said Aguinaldo and his party also recommended the expulsion of all religious corporations from the Philippines and an autonomous government be established in the islands.
The governor-general however was quick to advise that including the recommendation against the clerics in the agreement would result to putting the colonial government in a difficult position.
As a result of the loss in lives and property brought about the conflict between the Spanish forces and the Filipino revolutionaries, the Spanish colonial government, represented by the governor-general, will pay an additional 900,000 Mexican pesos to the civilian population.
All in all, the Spanish colonial administration is expected to pay the Filipino revolutionaries 1,700,000 Mexican pesos in these three installments.
Aguinaldo is expected to issue the orders of pacification by December 16 - the first step on the long road to peace.
With reports from OD Corpuz, TA Agoncillo