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Andres Bonifacio vs Emilio Aguinaldo
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:15:20 AM »
FOLLOWING the series of debacles in the field Bonifacio suffered, a serious challenge was posed against his supremacy as leader of the Katipunan and the Revolution. The pretender was the leader of the Katipunan in Cavite province, Emilio Aguinaldo, a former teacher and capitan municipal of Kawit.

Though a relatively obscure member, Aguinaldo became prominent following his successes in the battlefield, earning him the sobriquet "Heneral Miong" by which he came to be known in the province. Because he won notable battles like the one at Binakayan, his prestige grew as a military leader, to the detriment of Bonifacio. Even the Spaniards soon considered Aguinaldo as the real leader of the revolutionists; and in trying to effect reconciliation with the revolutionists, they wrote letters to him rather than to Bonifacio. As the supreme leader of the Katipunan, Bonifacio naturally resented this. Moreover, he had doubts about Aguinaldo's sincerity in supporting revolutionary ideals and feared that he would be willing to surrender if good terms in the way of political reforms could be secured.

Another circumstance to consider in the struggle for supremacy between Bonifacio and Aguinaldo is that the heart of the rebellion at that stage was Cavite, and "Heneral Miong" was the recognized leader of the insurgents. The Cavitenos were the first to drive the Spaniards out of the greater portion of Cavite, and after accomplishing this they divided the towns of the province into two provincial councils under the Katipunan. One was called the Magdiwang and the other the Magdalo. In each council there were a president, a vice president, a secretary, several secretaries of departments (interior, justice and finance), and a captaingeneral corresponding to secretary of war.

Aguinaldo was the Captain-General of the Magdalo council. From the beginning, he seemed to have the idea that the Katipunan should continue only as a means of propaganda and that the conquered provinces should have a different sort of organization. - MB, 12/2000

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