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Elected President Emilio Aguinaldo Magdalo Party

Site of the Tejeros Convention
Tejeros Convention
in present-day Rosario, Cavite, which was formerly part of San Francisco de Malabon

The Tejeros Convention
Tejeros Convention
(alternate names include Tejeros Assembly and Tejeros Congress) was the meeting held between the Magdiwang and Magdalo factions of the Katipunan
at San Francisco de Malabon (now General Trias, but the site is now at Rosario), Cavite
on March 22, 1897. These are the first presidential and vice presidential elections in Philippine history, although only the Katipuneros (members of the Katipunan) were able to take part, and not the general populace.


1 Convention

1.1 Purpose 1.2 Election results 1.3 Allegations of fraud

2 Post convention events

2.1 Aguinaldo 2.2 Bonifacio

3 References

3.1 Bibliography

Convention[edit] Purpose[edit] The convention was called to discuss the defense of Cavite
against the Spaniards during the Philippine Revolution. The contemporary Governor general, Camilo de Polavieja, had regained much of Cavite
itself. Instead, the convention became an election to decide the leaders of the revolutionary movement, bypassing the Supreme Council. Election results[edit]

Tejeros Revolutionary Government

Pamahalaang Panghimagsikan ng Tejeros

Unrecognized state



Territory claimed by the Tejeros Government in Asia

Capital San Francisco de Malabon, Cavite

Languages Tagalog, Spanish

Religion Roman Catholicism

Government Republic

President Emilio Aguinaldo

Vice President Mariano Trías

Historical era Philippine Revolution

 •  Established March 22, 1897

 •  Disestablished November 1, 1897


 •  1897 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi)

Currency Peso

Preceded by Succeeded by

Spanish East Indies

Sovereign Tagalog Nation

Spanish East Indies

of Biak-na-Bato

Warning: Value not specified for "common_name"

Andrés Bonifacio, the contemporary Supremo (supreme leader) of the Katipunan
presided over the election. He secured the unanimous approval that the decision would not be questioned.

e • d Summary of the March 22, 1897 Philippine presidential election, 1897

Candidate Faction Results

Votes %

Emilio Aguinaldo Magdalo 146 57.03%

Andrés Bonifacio Magdiwang 80 31.25%

Mariano Trías Magdiwang 30 11.72%

Valid votes 256 100.00%

Votes cast 256 100.00%

Registered voters 256 100.00%

The results of the election:

Position Name Party

President Emilio Aguinaldo Magdalo

Vice-President Mariano Trías Magdiwang

Captain-General Artemio Ricarte Magdiwang

Director of War Emiliano Riego de Dios Magdiwang

Director of the Interior Andrés Bonifacio Magdiwang

Bonifacio, accepted the decision but not before insisting on a recount of the votes. Supporters such as Severino de las Alas made abortive efforts to help make Bonifacio vice president.[2] However, Daniel Tirona objected that the post should not be occupied by a person without a lawyer's diploma. He suggested a lawyer like Jose del Rosario is qualified for the suitable position.[3] Bonifacio was insulted, demanded that Tirona retract the remark. When Tirona made to leave instead, Bonifacio drew a pistol and was about to fire at Tirona, but stopped when Ricarte tried to disarm him.[3] Bonifacio then voided the convention as Supremo of the Katipunan.[4] The new and final result of the election:

Position Name Party

President Emilio Aguinaldo Magdalo

Vice-President Mariano Trías Magdiwang

Captain-General Artemio Ricarte Magdiwang

Director of War Emiliano Riego de Dios Magdiwang

Director of State Jacinto Lumbreras Magdiwang

Director of Finance Baldomero Aguinaldo Magdalo

Director of Welfare Mariano Alvarez Magdiwang

Director of Justice Severino de las Alas Magdiwang

Director of the Interior Pascual Alvarez Magdiwang

Allegations of fraud[edit] In addition to Bonifacio's statement voiding the outcome the probity of the election held has been questioned, with allegations that many ballots distributed were already filled out and that the voters had not done this themselves.[5] Post convention events[edit] Aguinaldo[edit] Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
was not present at the convention, but was at a military front at Pasong Santol, a barrio of Dasmariñas, Cavite. He was notified of his election to the Presidency the following day, and his elder brother, Crispulo Aguinaldo, persuaded him to travel to take the oath of office. Leaving Crispulo in command, Aguinaldo traveled to Santa Cruz de Malabon (now Tanza, Cavite), where he and the others elected, with the exception of Bonaficio, took their oath of office. Crispulo Aguinaldo was among those killed in the Battle of Pasong Santol between March 7 and 24, 1897, which ended with a Spanish victory.[4] After assuming the Presidency, Aguinaldo sent a delegation to contact Bonifacio and persuade him to cooperate with the newly constituted government. The delegation was able to contact Bonifacio, but was unable to persuade him to cooperate.[6] Bonifacio[edit] After leaving the convention, Bonifacio met on March 28 with 45 of his followers. Convinced that the election at the convention had been invalid, they drew up a document titled Acta de Tejeros giving their reasons for having rejected the convention results. They then proceeded to Naik and drew up another document, sometimes referred to as the Naik Military Agreement, resolving to establish a government independent of and separate from that established at Tejeros. When the Naik agreement came to the attention of Aguinaldo, he ordered the arrest of Andres Bonifacio and his brother, Procopio which involes an incident in Indang
several complaints notably from Severino de las Alas and Jose Coronel, presented to Emilio Aguinaldo. The brothers were tried on charges of treason by members of the war council on Aguinaldo's government on May 10, 1897 the brother's were executed.[7][8] References[edit]

^ Zaide, Gregorio F. (1968). The Philippine Revolution. Modern Book Company. p. 123.  ^ Alvarez 1992, p. 107. ^ a b Alvarez 1992, p. 108. ^ a b Agoncillo 1990, p. 178. ^ Ambeth Ocampo, Election fraud at the Tejeros Convention
Tejeros Convention
(November 5, 2007), Philippine Daily Inquirer. ^ Agoncillo 1990, pp. 178-179. ^ http://malacanang.gov.ph/3622-artemio-ricarte-on-the-arrest-and-execution-of-bonifacio/ ^ Agoncillo 1990, pp. 179-181.


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