MAY 24, 1898
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo established a dictatorial government upon the advice of Ambrosio Bautista his legal adviser. As dictator, he immediately reassumed command of all the Filipino forces. The dictatorship was necessary to continue the war against Spain and was temporary until a republic was in place. On May 19, Aguinaldo together with his staff arrived in Manila from their exile in Hong Kong aboard the USS McCulloch and learned that the truce signed between the revolutionaries and Spaniards in Biak-na-Bato have been violated in many areas.
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