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Battle of Imus, Cavite, September 1-3, 1896.

The Battle of Imus was Gen. Aguinaldo’s first victory, it is a battle against the Spanish troops under the command of General Ernesto Aguirre’s command.

Gen. Aguinaldo mobilized the volunteer troops under Jose Tagle (the capitan municipal of Imus) and prepared the defenses of the town for an expected attack by the Spanish General Aguirre and his troop.

Colonel Jose S. Tagle (Image courtesy of http://www.imus.gov.ph

Aguinaldo’s ingenuity as a military General emerged in this engagement. He cut the bridge leading to Imus town proper, and used bamboo to trap Aguirre’s men enabling the Filipino bolo battalion to corner the attacking Spanish enemy.

An 1899 picture of the dismantled Bridge of Isabel II in Imus, Cavite in the Philippines. The northern span of the bridge was ordered struck down by revolutionary leader Emilio Aguinaldo for the imminent conflict on September 3,1896 with the incoming Spanish soldiers from Manila. In this picture taken by the Americans, a temporary span made of bamboo was constructed to connect the bridge.
Image courtesy of Kawit Tourism Facebook Page

In a press release entitled, “Keep the flame of Filipino courage burning,” dated September 2, 2009, Sen. Richard Gordon said’

The Battle of Imus had a “transformational impact” on the Katipunan uprising that had been prematurely triggered by the betrayal of its plans. Until the storied battle [in Imus], the revolution had been mainly a series of setbacks and retreats.

After three days of fighting in Imus, from September 1 to 3, 1896, however, Filipino forces led by General Aguinaldo and Imus leader Col. Jose Tagle defeated the best of the Spanish forces led by General Ernesto Aguirre. The Filipino revolutionaries captured 70 Remington rifles, assorted battle equipment, and General Aguirre’s sword, which he dropped during his retreat.

http://www.senate.gov.ph

Watch on Kape’t Kamalayan TV YouTube Channel: The Battle of Imus: A Reminder of Victory, Acclaim, and Inspiration.

Sources:

http://www.senate.gov.ph

http://www.imus.gov.ph

Kawit Tourism Facebook Page

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