Sources within Malacanang Palace have told Diario de Filipinas that Governor-General Polavieja will make an announcement concerning the fate of Jose Rizal tomorrow morning, December 29, at 7:00AM. It appears that the pundits are correct and Polavieja will bow to religious and political pressures and order the execution of Jose Rizal.
Analysts have noted that executing Jose Rizal will only further inflame secessionist passions in the agitated colony, and likely embolden and anger the revolutionaries. As opposed to dampening revolutionary sentiment, his execution will strengthen the Philippine Revolution and drive Filipinos to support revolutionary goals.
Since Rizal’s guilty verdict has been handed down Manila and the surrounding area has been restive. Sources close to both Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo have indicated they will try and make an attempt to rescue Jose Rizal. While noted revolutionary agitator Paciano Rizal, who prior to his younger brother’s trial suffered horrific treatment at the hands of Spanish authorities, is rumored to be on the move. Earlier today Teodora Alonso’s motherly plea for clemency was soundly rejected by Polavieja when he refused her access to Malacanang Palace. Certain high ranking members of civil society have quietly indicated their displeasure with how the situation has been handled by the Spanish government.