The War on the People of the Philippines. Why don’t they teach us of such horrors in our amerikkkan history books.. Part 1

Posted: July 31, 2017 in Fight war and war mongers, For your information, for your reflection

Our niece just returned from a visit with her son who lives in the Philippines. While visiting there she went to the The Museum of the Republic of 1899 (Museo ng Republika ng 1899) housed at the convent of the Barasoain Church in Malolos. The Museum presents the events of the revolution against Spain, the First Philippine Republic, and the war of the Filipino against the United States through innovative exhibits and artifact displays in its five galleries.

This is a very good history lesson.

The United States carried out the “Benevolent Assimilation” of the Philippines which in truth means the violent military occupation of the country.












By officially labeling the war the “Philippine Insurrection,” the Americans turned the struggle for national independence led by Aguinaldo into a criminal rebellion against U.S. authority. “Insurrection” was a legal term that freed U.S. troops from following the laws of war that had emerged at the turn of the century. The word was also a public relations move meant to convince Americans that they weren’t really fighting a war of imperial conquest but were suppressing banditry and bringing law and order to a faraway uncivilized place.  How many times have we heard that in the history of this country? Too many. So many and counting just in my short lifetime. You know everything seemed to be just fine until invasion by the US and other European countries. Or make that by any outside force coming in and for whatever reason taking over and subjecting the people to their way of life.














From our niece

My thoughts on my visit to the museum:

I was struck by the similarities between what happened in the Philippines with Spain and then later the US and what I know of the history of Hawaii and its annexation by the US. In both cases white folks arrived to find a very different culture than what they were familiar with and assumed that it was undeveloped and inferior (of course this is what happened initially with the original Europeans in the US and the Native Americans too). They felt the need to force their culture onto the people they encountered and dismantle and destroy the culture that had existed.

I knew vaguely that the Philippines had some connections with the US but I was completely unaware of the history because we are never taught it. The US basically invented its way into the Spanish American war (Remember the Maine was that time’s equivalent of Bush’s Weapons of Mass Destruction).  They convinced local Filipinos to fight against the Spanish with the promise of freedom. The US lied and instead of leaving the Filipinos in peace with liberty, they instead “bought” the Philippines from Spain and occupied it under violent control for the next 60 years. Learning about all of this as a white American in the museum connected to the church where the Philippines signed their first democratic constitution (prior to US occupation) where I saw displays of really awful and demeaning US issued propaganda with a museum guide whose grandfather had earned a bust in the museum was pretty uncomfortable. I was embarrassed and ashamed of the behavior of the US government- shocked and yet not surprised, as I know we treated Hawaiians very much the same way because we wanted their land also. I think the board game Risk is based on the behavior that countries like England, Spain, Portugal, France and the US engaged in – trying to grab up all of the real estate just to see who could have the most and shoving aside whoever was already there.

Our museum guide was extremely knowledgeable and gracious- encouraging and answering all of our questions. One of the most interesting things I learned was that when they wrote their constitution they borrowed from other countries (a Filipino cultural tradition with regard to a lot of things – understandable given their occupations and the dilution and erosion of their original cultural traditions). He said that a lot of democratic governments had constitutions and that the US based theirs in a large part on Spain’s. If you only hear US history from a US perspective, you would be led to believe that our constitution was based on completely original ideas from our “founding fathers” and the US is the birthplace of democracy and completely unique and original. Not entirely true….

My observations of Filipino culture:

Filipino cities are very, very crowded. The traffic is said to be the worst in the world. Vehicles zip around each other and there really are no lanes. You frequently hear horns but they are used entirely to alert other vehicles- like a short tap on the horn whereas in city traffic in the US people lay on their horns aggressively and the manner of driving is much more aggressive. In the Philippines, I would categorize it as more assertive. People are much more patient in the Philippines. They are not so rushed and are resigned to things taking however long they are going to take – whether it’s sitting in traffic, waiting in line at a store, or waiting for the torrential rains and floodwater to subside. One upside of this patience is that you can get really good food almost anywhere – even at kiosks in the mall – because everyone is willing to wait a bit while it is prepared unlike the stuff we get that’s been sitting under heat lamps.

There is a HUGE disparity in incomes and lifestyles. Overall it is a much poorer country than the US.  But in the business center of Manila there is evidence of great wealth – many, many malls and stores, fancy hotels, large late model cars. There is no evidence of the very poor in the business district. I’m not sure if this is due to law or geography or something else, but I did see places where collections were being taken on their behalf. Also, the flight attendants on one of the airlines offer to take your change, your leftover international money and whatever else you’d like to give at the end of your flight and they donate it to UNICEF to help provide clean water for local children.
Outside of the business district however, you can see communities of shanties cobbled together with whatever scraps and cast offs people could find. There are no windows, no electricity or running water. People survive by picking through garbage.

As for the average citizens, they do not generally have as much money or material wealth as the average citizens in the US but there is not the consumerism that we have here. There is not the feeling of having to have the latest and greatest of everything. People tend to be more satisfied with what they have and are focused on other things besides getting more stuff.

The efforts to be environmentally sensitive – reduce, reuse, recycle – are much more widespread. I’m sure this is due in part to the island environment (there isn’t anywhere for waste to go) and also due in part to the economy.

People tend to be friendlier, less rushed, more patient, and much less aggressive. Nobody got annoyed with me if I didn’t understand something and needed it repeated. There were several basketball courts in the neighborhood I was staying in that very frequently had games going but I never heard fights or trash talking. The big Pacquiao fight took place while I was there and it was the biggest of deals for everyone- I was told that the crime rate during Pacquiao fights registers at zero because literally everyone is watching the fight. The streets were empty. Pacquiao is a senator and national hero. When he lost the fight, even though the officiating was highly questionable (when you look at the stats, Pacquiao has higher numbers in every category), nobody complained about it or reacted in any negative way. They are happy he’s as successful as he is but they are proud of him because he is Filipino and he’s representing the Philippines which isn’t dependent upon him winning.

She sent us these photo’s that she took at the museum.














There’s that beating stick in old Uncle Sam’s hand.














War Crimes

A soldier from New York: “The town of Titatia was surrendered to us a few days ago, and two companies occupy the same. Last night one of our boys was found shot and his stomach cut open. Immediately orders were received from General Wheaton to burn the town and kill every native in sight; which was done to a finish. About 1,000 men, women and children were reported killed. I am probably growing hard-hearted, for I am in my glory when I can sight my gun on some dark skin and pull the trigger. See HERE.

The Death Toll of American Occupation
The overall cost in human lives of American actions in the Philippines was horrific.  One scholar has concluded concerning the American occupation that “In the fifteen years that followed the defeat of the Spanish in Manila Bay in 1898, more Filipinos were killed by U.S. forces than by the Spanish in 300 years of colonization. Over 1.5 million died out of a total population of 6 million.”

A detailed estimate of both civilian and American military dead is offered by historian John Gates, who sums up the subject as follows:
“Of some 125,000 Americans who fought in the Islands at one time or another, almost 4,000 died there.  Of the non-Muslim Filipino population, which numbered approximately 6,700,000, at least 34,000 lost their lives as a direct result of the war, and as many as 200,000 may have died as a result of the cholera epidemic at the war’s end. The U. S. Army’s death rate in the Philippine-American War (32/1000) was the equivalent of the nation having lost over 86,000 (of roughly 2,700,000 engaged) during the Vietnam war instead of approximately 58,000 who were lost in that conflict.  For the Filipinos, the loss of 34,000 lives was equivalent to the United States losing over a million people from a population of roughly 250 million, and if the cholera deaths are also attributed to the war, the equivalent death toll for the United States would be over 8,000,000.  This war about which one hears so little was not a minor skirmish.”

Yet another estimate states, “Philippine military deaths are estimated at 20,000 with 16,000 actually counted, while civilian deaths numbered between 250,000 and 1,000,000 Filipinos.  These numbers take into account those killed by war, malnutrition, and a cholera epidemic that raged during the war.”
That U.S. troops slaughtered Filipino civilians out of proportion to the conventions of so-called “formal” warfare was remarked upon during the Senate investigation of the war’s conduct.  As one official from the War Department estimated,

“The comparative figures of killed and wounded — nearly five killed to one wounded if we take only the official returns — are absolutely convincing. When we examine them in detail and find the returns quoted of many killed and often no wounded, only one conclusion is possible.  In no war where the usages of civilized warfare have been respected has the number of killed approached the number of wounded more nearly than these figures. The rule is generally about five wounded to one killed.  What shall we say of a war where the proportions are reversed? ( 1 )

Colt Model 1902 “Philippine”  (2)


( 1 ) From US War Crimes in the Philippines.











In the above photo Uncle Sam is presented as laboring under the heaviest white man’s burden, the “primitive races”, as Great Britain forges ahead on the path to universal human uplift with the lighter load of colonial subjects of the ancient civilizations. The “uncivilized” character of the Philippines was essential to the U.S. colonial narrative, by the way. It enabled the U.S. to brush aside nascent Philippine national organs and concrete national aspirations in order to justify the unilateral imposition of U.S. rule over a “multi-tribal” congeries of “primitive savages”.

( 2  ) New Ways To Kill Hartford’s own Colt Manufacturing to the rescue.

Famously, tales of Moro warriors not going down even when shot multiple times by .38 rounds occasioned the adoption of heavier rounds (after a grisly episode of testing on human cadavers and in the Chicago stockyards to find what would stop and kill consistently even if the head or heart were not struck) and eventually, development of the Colt .45 semi-automatic as the standard military sidearm. The Moro rebellion exploded the traditional U.S. idea of warfare, the roles of soldiers and noncombatants, and what could and should not be done; and a racial/genocidal narrative arose to replace it with invincible and startling speed…from  Mindanao, Duterte, and the Real History of the Philippines.

During its campaign against the Moros, 1899 –1935, the U.S. Army adopted the Colt .45 Model 1911 semiautomatic pistol after American soldiers found that the .38 caliber New Army Long Colt and Smith and Wesson revolvers they had previously used were unable to stop the fierce Moro warriors of the Southern Philippines. In 1902, 4,600 Model 1878 revolvers were produced for a U.S. Army contract. They were intended to equip the Philippine Constabulary under Brigadier General Henry T. Allen in the Philippine Insurrection. These revolvers had a 6-inch barrel, a hard rubber grip, and were chambered for the .45 Colt round. They had a strengthened main spring and a longer trigger to give the user more leverage, resulting a larger trigger guard. The strengthened main spring was necessary to fire the .45 Government rounds with a less sensitive primer compared to the civil .45 LC ammunition…HERE

Colt Manufacturing Hartford Ct. once again to the rescue in the slaughter of innocent people. This blog has published several article about Sam Colt, Mrs. Colt and the Colt gun. See our pages for further reading.

“Talk about war being ‘hell,’ this war beats the hottest estimate ever made of that locality. Caloocan was supposed to contain seventeen thousand inhabitants. The Twentieth Kansas swept through it, and now Caloocan contains not one living native. Of the buildings, the battered walls of the great church and dismal prison alone remain. The village of Maypaja, where our first fight occurred on the night of the fourth, had five thousand people on that day, — now not one stone remains upon top of another. You can only faintly imagine this terrible scene of desolation. War is worse than hell.”–Captain Elliott, of the Kansas Regiment, February 27th ….American Soldiers in the Philippines Write Home About The War…see HERE. 

This war was nothing more than the U.S government’s quest for empire and the desire of the Filipino people to be free.

About the size of it.

Someone asked us why are we not talking about the atrocities committed by the people of the Philippines against the American and Spanish military. Well as plain as the nose on your face these people, the people of the Philippines were defending their homeland against imperialist wars of aggression.






  1. You know we thought of the song written by Tom Paxton and sung by Pete Seeger, What did you learn in school today. Check it out it just about says it all.