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August 29, 1916, the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916, was Approved

The Jones Law or the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916, was approved on August 29, 1916. It was the first formal and official declaration of the United States commitment to “provide a more autonomous government” for the Philippines.

(US Congressman William Atkinson Jones, authored the Jones Law)

The law states that the US will recognize the Philippine independence “as soon as a stable government can be established” without indicating a clear timeline within which this “stable government” can be achieved.

A longer section of the Act provides for the Bill of Rights (Section 3) and the most outstanding provisions of the Autonomy Act of 1916 was the creation of an all Filipino legislature which created the Philippine Senate to replace the Philippine Commission which had served as the upper chamber of the legislature.


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