JULY 5, 1896
Lt. Manuel Bernal Sityar, a Spanish mestizo and a Guardia Sibil (Civil Guard) stationed in Pasig wrote a confidential letter to the Governor General that certain individuals in Mandaluyong and San Juan del Monte were enlisting people for unknown reasons and making them sign a pledge in blood. On August 30, 1896, The Philippine revolution began as 800 Katipuneros headed by Andres Bonifacio attacked the polverin, a Spanish powder magazine in San Juan del Monte. In 1898, Sityar being half-Filipino defected to Emilio Aguinaldo’s army and was promoted colonel.
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