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To the Filipinos Essay

“The step I have taken or am about to take is very risky, indeed, and I need not say that I have thought it over for a long time. I know that almost all are against it; but I know also that hardly anyone knows what is going on in my heart. I cannot live on, knowing that many are suffering unjust persecutions on my account; I cannot live on, seeing my brother, sisters, and their numerous families pursued like criminals; I prefer to face death, and I gladly give my life to free so many innocent persons from so unjust a persecution.

I know that for the time being the future of my country hinges upon me; that if I die many will exult and that, therefore, many will long for my perdition. But what shall I do? I have duties to my conscience above all; I have obligations to the families who suffer, to my aged parents, whose sighs pierce my heart. I know that I alone, even with my death, can make them happy by returning them to their country and to the tranquility of their home. I have only my parents, but my country has yet many sons who can take my place and are already doing so with advantage.”

“I desire, furthermore, to let those who deny our patriotism see that we know how to die for our duty and for our convictions. What matters death if one dies for what is loved, for the country, and for the beings that are adored?”

“If I were the only point of support of the policy of the Philippines, and if I were convinced that my countrymen would need my services, I would perhaps hesitate to take this step; but there are still others who can take my place with advantage; and, still, there are perchance those who find me unnecessary and will not utilize my services, for they reduced me to inaction.”

“I have always loved my poor country, and I am sure I shall love her to the last moment, even though men are perhaps unjust to me; my future, my life, my joys – all these I have sacrificed for my love of her. Whatever my fate may be, I shall die blessing her and longing for the dawn of her
redemption.”

“Let these letters be published after my death.”


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