Monday, October 01, 2007


This was once the bone of contention that fueled many Filipinos' growing frustration and resentment. You see, during the turn of the century, although the Filipinos had taken over most of the archipelago from the Spanish, declared their independence, organized a national army and convened a legislative assembly, Manila remained under the control of Washington.

As if to rub salt to an open wound, instead of detente, the Americans opted to withhold diplomatic relations with the Filipinos, as well as bar them in the city, while the numbers of troops deployed in the area were significantly increased. The restless natives, on the other hand, could only continue their taunting and silly yet menacing behavior aimed at these American troops. Unfortunately, on the fateful night of
February 4, 1899 at about 8:45 p.m., no longer able to sustain a stoic reaction, Pvt. William Grayson fired the first shot that eventually sparked the Filipino-American War.

About a hundred years later, whenever some ageing senators realize their chances for getting reelected appear predictably nil, or are about to fully exhaust their allowable number of terms as legislators, somehow the idea of becoming the next mayor of Manila suddenly becomes enticing.

What's the motivating factor at play here? After all, Manila is supposedly nothing more than a cacophony of images depicting chaos, stink, litter, corruption, and apathetic blight. In short, a has been. A city that lived its better days eons ago.

Yet, Ernie Maceda made a run for it only to lose pathetically. Ping Lacson launched a similar intention with great media fanfare but soon withdrew (after God supposedly told him to remain in the Senate). The current mayor, Alfredo Lim, already served as Manila's mayor prior to winning a senatorial post.

But after years as a prestigious legislator, why did Lim come back to run as mayor? Why not eye the Palace, or earnestly seek the benevolence of the higher powers of the land, and thereby get appointed as ambassador if not to the Maldives, Myanmar?

Why go for Manila? Why not the glitzy and trendy City of Makati, or the upcoming glamour town, Taguig, with its sparkling The Fort? How about the vast and seemingly borderless Quezon City?

Speaking of which, when Manolo Quezon asked his viewers for suggested topics for his ANC TV show, The Explainer, I immediately requested for him to feature Manila. I really wanted to know what makes this city so alluringly seductive that some of our former senators would thrust themselves into it without any prophylactic, or viable urban plan to safeguard the city's economic health and progress.

I was really confident Manolo could best enlighten his viewers on this issue; however, with much disappointment, he never followed up on his initial interest to do so.
Perhaps, as sometimes the case, another fellow blogger or group of bloggers will somehow provide the light.


posted by Señor Enrique at 6:24 AM


Anonymous rhodora said...

I just hope it's not the money, but then it could be... or it must be.

With the many gigantic infrastructure projects in Manila, being the capital city, whoever sits as mayor is guaranteed substantial "cuts" from the contracts.

I remember - during the height of Erap's impeachment trial, when he was quoted to have said: "Isang milyon? Ako, presidente ng Pilipinas, bibigyan ng isang milyong piso lang?"

October 01, 2007 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Mary Anne said...

Hi sir! I am Mary Anne, a third year student from the Ateneo de Manila University. I am currently working on a blog about the Hidalgo Street Project. (I live in Hidalgo Street) I was wondering if I can interview you (about your experiences of this street in Quiapo) within this week. Please e-mail me if you have time. ( response would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much!! :)

October 01, 2007 8:29 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

As I wrote in Carlo's blog, Manila has so much potential. It is an urban planner's wet dream.
Imagine what can be done with this city by people with a vision. Intramuros, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Binondo, the Pasig River...
The challenges are daunting but imagine what could be done here.

Alas this is probably not the reason why some "aging senators" long for the mayoralty.
What drives people...? Power and money...

October 01, 2007 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Leo said...

My answer to your query Senor is simply this: Vultures will always keep on coming back to the carcass as long as there are still some meat they can nibble on.

October 01, 2007 9:05 AM  

Blogger Amadeo said...

How does Manila fare in relation to the other cities around it? Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, and the other new cities which sprouted from all those small towns and/or villages of yesteryears. Population and income-wise?

Remember we still call Metro Manila that conglomeration which includes everything within an 80km radius, right? Remember Imelda acting as the first governor of Metro Manila?

Maybe historical Manila may still be viewed as the center and core of the islands gloried past, and thus, in a manner of speaking, may still be considered an iconic symbol of power and prestige. Though maybe largely empty and ceremonial, basing on criteria of income, growth and development.

Are the present airports and the major piers still within Manila’s geographical limits? And aren’t the reclaimed areas along Roxas enjoying a more vigorous renaissance, with the latest and biggest SM as a trophy?

October 01, 2007 11:03 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The City of New York is technically composed of five boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan. And although Manhhatan is otherwise known as New York, New York, instead of Manhattan, New York, and basically the hub of major economic and judicial activities, all the five boroughs are administered by a one mayor.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, is comprised of several cities, as well as each city being administered by its respective mayor.

Imelda's symbol of New Society, the PICC complex is technically in Pasay City, so is SM's Mall of Asia.

You see, Amadeo, if it's prestige alone, I would probably aim for Makati (for obvious reasons) or Taguig (the upcoming commercial and financial center of Metro Manila). Cebu is also another attractive alternative.

The only thing that Manila has that the other cities of Metro Manila do not, are the shipping ports. Also, to date, Dasmarinas Street in Binondo is still glutted with banks. The previous Mayor Atienza, once touted that his administration's revenues raked in an annual 16 billion pesos plus as opposed to a billion or two when he first took over as mayor.

Could it be possible then that Manila remains to be a very lucrative source of revenues?

October 01, 2007 12:48 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

And if Manila is indeed a continued source of abundant revenues, then Leo you have a very valid point of view.

October 01, 2007 12:54 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

"As I wrote in Carlo's blog, Manila has so much potential. It is an urban planner's wet dream."

My concern Sidney, is that most often these wanna be mayors come ablazing with packaged cliches -- anti-crime, anti-drugs, anti-bad -- without presenting any viable urban plans, and still some manage to become mayors.

But for a truly progressive and pro-renaissance leader, Manila would make a wondrous stage :)

October 01, 2007 1:03 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Mary Anne!

Please email me at regarding your project and how I could be of help.

October 01, 2007 1:08 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You know what, Rhoda? One of the reasons that this issue seems to gnaw at my soul is the gut feeling that whosoever could lead this city of Manila towards its destined continued prosperity and renewal could very well be the true national leader that the Filipino people have been waiting for.

October 01, 2007 1:12 PM  

Blogger carlotta said...

i have no idea but i do know that it still has that mysterious allure no matter what it looks like today.

as for the start of the fil-american war, history books said that william grayson fired the first shot on san juan bridge. there was a marker for that on the bridge but over the years, the marker was slowly being chipped away. i even see garbage right in front of it! it's a shame not a lot of people in san juan realize the importance of it. and then just in the middle of this year the marker was totally torn down while the bridge is being rehabilitated. now the bridge is as good as new, the marker is gone, but the garbage is still there, right on the exact spot where the marker has been.

October 01, 2007 1:19 PM  

Blogger MLQ3 said...

aargh! the list of things bubbling on the back burner just got longer! we'd done one on capitol planning -manila's burnham plan, the two capitol plans for qc, etc. will have to wait for manila's foundation day -next june. i also have another one in the works asking: did you ever wonder why the philippine map's the way it is? apparently the spanish concept of the philippines was rather different, administratively extending, at one point, to the marianas, etc. plus my obsession with gerrymandering and the creation of so many provinces....

you need to nag me, from time to time, please.

October 01, 2007 5:35 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ay, Manolo, ako'y malapit na sanang magtampo sayo; however, that show you did on the Manila-Quezon Burnham plan was a saving grace -- I really enjoyed it. Actually, I even tuned in to its Saturday re-broadcast. As always, your shows are smartly presented and highly informative.

Nonetheless, back to the original issue at hand, I'm still unsure as to why some of our seasoned politicians are so enamored in winning Manila's mayoralty after serving in much higher or wider profile public service positions. What is it really about Manila?

Wait until June? Oh, no! I think I'd rather nag you instead.

As always, thank you!

October 01, 2007 6:01 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

There ought to be more young people like you Carla who truly appreciate our Manila.

Most young people nowadays, especially from those tony walled communities often equate Manila, specifically, Quiapo and Binondo as one huge den of thieves, yet mostly those holdups and kidnappings of the not too distant past occurred by their heavily-fortified private schools.

Yes, quite unfortunate that most of our historical landmarks do not receive reqular maintenance services. Come to think of it, the historical significance of both Santa Mesa and La Loma are almost being forgotten :(

October 01, 2007 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Major Tom said...

Manila as a The Explainer subject is for certain a good one and
in fact some episodes had discussed old Manila in times of the Japanese occupation, how old
architecture were so ravaged by war, I think it was the Burnham episode MLQ3 was saying above. But a whole episode on historical Manila is surely exciting.

October 01, 2007 9:16 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I actually gave up my weekly Tuesday night badminton game just to be able to catch The Explainer, Major Tom. However, nowadays, the show gets rebroadcast on Saturdays.

Yes, I saw almost all of his shows on Manila, but what I really would want him to expound on is why some of our seasoned politicians desire the position as Manila's mayor. I'm sure Manolo has an intriguing take on it.

October 01, 2007 10:16 PM  

Anonymous kyels said...

Manila has a lot of potential; this is what I believe. With the right people and concoction, things will work out.


October 01, 2007 11:05 PM  

Blogger Amadeo said...

BTW, for everybody. Try to watch Ken Burns' War on TV and notice the extensive video footage of old Santo Tomas University converted into an internment camp for resident Americans. Its campus littered with nipa shanties used as shelters.

Squinted my eyes to try and recognize the internees. My wife's grandfather was among the internees and it would have been easy to recognize him since he had lost a leg prior to the war.

The War series are shown on public TV so can't say if they would be available in PI.

Old UST is one significant reason why Manila still hasn't lost its historic appeal.

October 02, 2007 2:12 AM  

Blogger Amadeo said...

So, Eric, all those developments in the reclaimed areas are geographically in Pasay? And nothing for Malate?

Gerrymandering could have easily been used to keep all of them in Manila. And I say rightly so, after all it was land that wasn't there before.

I have nothing against Pasay. But Pasay? Unfortunately, can't say anything much, especially good, about Pasay. Sorry. The Cuneta family still rules, right?

October 02, 2007 2:21 AM  

Blogger ROMY said...

Hola Sr. E!
This is off-topic but I'd like to share this with you... This happened just this past weekend here in Toronto, I hope that u'd enjoy these.... I'm imagining (if not foreseeing) this happening in our beloved Manila.

Have a great day!

October 02, 2007 4:40 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

True, Kyels. And I hope that we get the right people to place in Manila's administration to ensure its continued revitalization efforts.

October 02, 2007 6:25 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Amadeo, all those reclaimed areas are within the city of Pasay.

There was a point in time when Pasay had an enclave of fine residences with substantial grounds like those in Malate. I think there's still a few left. Not sure, though, if the Cuneta still rules that part of Metro Manila.

Unfortunately, great PBS shows aren't syndicated in any of the local channels, including those of cable. I've always enjoyed the original series/specials that they produced. Possibly, we will get to enjoy Ken Burns' War as you've recommended through DVDs.

UST recently celebrated its commemoration of its campus as a Japanese internment camp with an exhibition.

Thanks for teaching us a new word, "gerrymandering,"

October 02, 2007 6:36 AM  

Blogger joe said...

Couldn't help but join in this topic Eric. If i remember right Mayor Alfredo Lim was a former NBI Director prior to being a politician. Mayor then Senator in that order. I heard that he was a hands on Director then. No greasy palm he had. Have you checked his background if he ever had anomalous transactions(graft & corruption cases lodged against him) while in said offices. Better check if he's fattening his pockets. Who knows this might be his last hurrah(he's not getting any younger) for not so famous Manila now. Why run in other MM cities when you know Manila like the palm of your hand. Correct me if I'm wrong with my observations. My two centavos.

Btw, nice photo and is that the building where the Cinerama Theater
was once located? Have forgotten the names of the cross streets. Thanks.

October 02, 2007 12:19 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right, Joe! That is now Isetann Mall and the Cinerama theaters now are on its fifth floor. The cross streets are Quezon Boulevard and Claro M. Recto (formerly Azcarraga).

I think there are other posts in the government with opportunities to fatten one's pockets and not attract too much attention, if that is the prime reason of an ageing politician.

Nonetheless, like I've said to Rhoda, for a young, gutsy politician who strive to become a "true" national leader, there is no better stage to shine than being the mayor of Manila.

For example, check out what Bayani Fernando (now chairman of MMDA) had done in Marikina. So, why can't these ageing politicians step out of the way and allow these young potential true leaders of our country to showcase their talents?

And if I may be allowed to repeat what I often say, much like the African-Americans, we are a race without a "true" leader.

October 02, 2007 12:47 PM  

Blogger Al said...

Jeez, it took me a while to figure out where the hell this ugly mall is (your photo) until it hit me that this is the underpass with FEU - not seen - on the left. Man, it's been AGES since I've been to this particular place. Meron na palang LRT dito? I think urban decay here has gotten worse. Just look at the really rundown structures on the right - worse than when I used to ply Recto in high school. Whoever gets to be Hizzoner, I think, has to implement an honest-to-goodness urban plan to uplift the sorry state of this City of Man. Otherwise, might end up as a City for the Dogs.

But wasn't Atienza an architect? Last I heard, he wanted to cut down the trees in Mehan Garden to make way for a mall - as if there weren't enough already. Well, maybe you're right - there's a gold mine to be had in this city. Revenue that, unfortunately, goes to line the pockets of...oh, heck, what's new!

If only Rizal could come down from his obelisk at the Luneta.....

October 03, 2007 2:15 AM  

Anonymous bw said...

It has to do with the money I think. My opinion is Manila is still the biggest city with a thriving and lucrative underground economy which is left largely untaxed by the government. There are more opportunities for government officials to reap the
"contributions and service charges"
economic windfall in this area - if you know what I mean :)

October 03, 2007 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some reasons may be obvious and few, but they are with great weight. One is that Manila is Manila - and the capital of the country, and remember how behind it technically are the other cities making up the Metro. Manila is an important city in the world - thanks also to its great history.
Also, the Manila factor is that so much (or too much) emphasis is on it that like many countries in the world, the capital city and Metro area is seen like IT IS the nation. And the other reasons being with no matter if it's not like a Makati or Manila in its high-level time during colonial history to Marcos era, Manila is Manila and the great history in it. The great value of the things in it, especially the beautiful parts that are attractive for tourism, culture and history. Manila is a historic place in hte world.
And don't forget the potential that's always there. We may just have many ideas, visions and dreams from people about a Manila that is revamped in a new way with its old historic glory, and that alone shows that there is still so much that is possible for Manila. Why do you think even the pre-colonial generations gave the location importance. As well as the colonizers and those who attempted to take over. That is value.
Now, if we can only get those visions and ideas to happen and come true.


October 04, 2007 9:13 PM  

Blogger tony said...

Otra vez Senor Enrique, !Hola!

February 4, 1899, a single bullet fired from a springfield rifle by Private William Walter Grayson, killed millions of Filipinos and still killing more to this day!

Senor Enrique, have you ever wonder who really was Pvt. William Grayson who started the Filipino American War and whatever happened to him? Filipino American War, was the first Vietnam!!! A war, in which 1.5 million Filipinos were killed. I'm luck that I live in the Bay Area of San Francisco, which gave me an easy access to the Presidio's library and camp were American soldiers live before and after the said war.

I would like to share what I researched...

1899, maraming opisyal Amerikano na ibig biyan nang pansin ng nakatataas sa kanila ukol sa mga “insurgents” na mga Pilipino na umaapak sa “neutral zone” at ito’y kanilang kinakainis. Subalit ang nasabing isyu ay hindi gigawan nang kaukulang pansin ng kanilang mga opisyal. Tulad ni Koronel Strotsenburg, pinuno nang “Nebraska volunteers” na may tatlong araw na siyang sumusulat sa kaniyang nakatataas, subalit wala pa rin nangyayari. Kaya kaniyang binigyan ng utos ang pangalawang tenyente na si Burt D. Wheedon na magiging kargo nito ang “Nebraska Outpost # 2”. Ika 7:30 gabi, ika 4 ng Pebrero,1899, ipinahiwatig na pahituin, hulihin at kung nararapat ay barilin kung sino mang “insurgents” ang lumabag sa kautusan. Kaniyang inutos ito sa napiling 8 na kawal Amerikano na magbabantay, ang isa dito ay nangagalang Pvt. William Walter Grayson. Nakaraan ang 30 minuto, si Pvt. Grayson at ang kasama niyang si Pvt. Orville Miller, ay nagpapatrolya sa tulay ng San Juan del Monte na pawis-pawisan, maumido, malamok at mabahong ilog na kanilang naaamoy sa kapaligiran. Ayon sa testimonya ni Pvt. Grayson, na sinaad naman ni tenyente Wheedon…”Two Privates, Grayson and Miller and another Nebraska volunteer were patrolling the junction shortly before 8:00 pm. Private Grayson of Company D, was short distance in advance of the other two. After waiting about 5 minutes , Pvt Grayson saw 4 armed men suddenly appear 5 yards in front of them. He immediately called, “HALT”…at his command the 4 men cocked their pieces, whereupon Pvt. Grayson called “HALT” again and fired at them.” Si Private Gayson naman ang nagsabi…”I yelled “HALT”…the man moved. I challenged with another “HALT.” Then he immediately shouted “ALTO” to me. Well, I thought the best thing to do was to shoot him. He dropped.” Naririto naman ang isang bersyon nang panyayari, tugon sa dalawang kasama ni Pvt. Grayson…”as they approached the bridge of San Juan river, low whistle, possibly signal and a red lantern flashed ahead from a ramshackle old Spanish blockhouse used by Filipinos as barracks. Suddenly, not more than 20 feet in front of them, the shadowy shapes of 4 natives, almost certainly drunk and probably unarmed. “HALT” shouted Grayson, raising his cocked springfield rifle. “ALTO!” echoed one of the figures mockingly. Grayson repeated his challenged and again the voice mimicked him. Grayson fired! The man crumpled and the 3 others sprang out of the dark. Miller shot one as Grayson, reloading quickly, dropped the other. The Americans then raced back to their camp, Pvt. Grayson yelling…”Line up fellows!!! The niggers are in here all through these lines!!!” At ang labanan ng Pilipino at Amerikano ay nagsimula, ang engkuentro nangyari ay umabot hangang alas 4 ng umaga, sumunod na araw.

Si William Walter Grayson ay isang binatang patpatin na naninirahan sa maliit na palengkehang lugar na kung tawagin ay Beatrice, Big Blue River sa Nebraska. Nagtrabaho sa isang local na “INN” na ang kaniyang tungkulin ay “innkeeper” at minsan ay isang “stable groomer.” Sa dahilang sa kahiligan niyang maglakbay, siya ay nagpatala at tinugon ang kahilingan ng kanilang Pangulong McKinley sa mga kalalakihang mamamayan upang lumaban sa sigalot ng Amerika at Espania. Siya ay nagpalista noong Mayo 10,1898, sa Lincoln, Nebraska, na maglilingkod sa “US Army” nang 2 taon. Kasalukuyan, noon siya ay 23 taong gulang, siya ay na atasang sumanib sa “1st Regiment of the Nebraska Infantry U.S. Volunteers”. Ayon sa kaniyang isinukong papel ng kaniyang kapanganakan; Si Grayson ay ipinanganak sa Inglatiera, noon Abril 9,1876 (noon ay maaaring ang isang hindi U.S. citizen o immigrant, ay maaring tangapin sa military, na ngayon ay ginawa nang muli), ang kaniyang magulang tulad ng milyong Europeo ay nagsipagsalta bilang “immigrant” sa Amerika. Ayon sa rekord militar ni Grayson, siya ay maytaas na 5’x 6 inches”, maputi ang balat, asul ang mga mata at kulay kape ang buhok.

Kasama si Pvt. Grayson na lulan nang US Navy barkong “Senator” na kasama ang mga sundalong 75,000 na may mga iilan kasamang mga sundalong Itim o kung tawagin ay “BUFFALO SOLDIERS”, karamihan sa mga itim na sudalong ito ay mga beterano ng “Indian wars”. Tinugunan silang “Buffalo Soldiers” (tulad nang kanta ni Bob Marley) ng mga “Native American Indians”, sapagkat ang kanilang mga kingky buhok ay hawig sa “Balahibo ng mga Buffalo.” Tumulak silang paalis ng Presidio, San Francisco noon Mayo 25, at dumaong sila sa Maynila noon Hunio 15,1898. Sila ay isinakay sa kasko na hinila naman nang isang “tugboat” patungo sa Camp Dewey. Nakatangap si Grayson ng kaniyang unang sueldo, Hunio 30 at sabay nito ang pagbibigay ng kaniyang tunkulin magbantay sa isang “outpost” sa labas ng Maynila (Intramuros), Pasay, Agosto 26. Sa dahilang umido at init ng tropikong Pilipinas, ay ‘di makasanayan ni Grayson at siya ay na ospital sa kampo noon Septiembre 28. Siya naman ay inilipat nang kampo sa San Juan del Monte at dito nangyari nga ang krimen na kaniyang nagawa noon Pebrero 4, 1899, at nasankot sa labanan tapos nang pangyayari. Binigyan papuri ni Kapitan Nelson Black (isang “assistant surgeon of the 1st North Dakota Infantry ”) si Grayson at ang 10 sundalo, at nagsabi…”the courage and coolness, in carrying the wounded from the field under a very severe fire directed upon them by our humane enemies, who were dressed in white were all intents and evidently purposes – the so called “AMIGO.” Huling araw ng Pebrero nang iutos ni Dewey na ang barkong “Oregon” ay tumulak paalis ng Honolulu at dumaong sa Maynila, kasabay rin nang ang tropa ni Grayson ay nagtungo sa ilog ng San Mateo. Nakasagupa sila nang maliit na tropang Pilipino, sa Marikina. Sunod-sunod ang engkuntrong napalaban ni Grayson; Marso 6, sa Marikina, ika - 25, sa San Francisco del Monte, ika - 26 sa Maycauayan, ika – 27 sa Marilao at ika – 30 napasama siya kay Heneral Otis ng talunin at mapasailalim ng mga Amerikano ang Malolos at sa araw rin na iyon, kinagabihan, siya ay na distino sa Guiguinto. Kinaumagahan, siya ay tinangap sa “1st Reserve Hospital” sa Maynila, sa dahilan ng kaniyang kapaguran sa pakikipaglaban.

Ayon naman sa US military “The Company Muster Roll” na talaan, noon Mayo 1,1899, nabigyan nang panibagong tungkulin si Pvt. Grayson, bilang “Army Cook.” Narito ang sunod-sunod na araw at pangyayari; Mayo 5, siya ay muling na ospital sanhi nang “diarrhea”, ito’y naulit noon ika – 25, at Mayo 30. Ang giyera ay tunay na nagpapahina sa kaniyang patpatin na katawan, kaya noon Agosto 23,1899 siya ay binigyan nang “honorable discharge”. Tumulak patugong Presidio, sa San Francisco, California, bitbit ang mga militar niyang gamit at ang nasueldong 19.21 dolyares. Siya ay napasama sa paradang militar, na ginanap sa Market Street, na pangunahing kalye sa San Francisco. Ipinasiya ni Grayson na manatili at manirahan bilang sibilyan sa San Francisco. Matapos ang isang taon, siya ay ikinasal sa isa rin Inglesa, Francesca Peters. Sa kanila’y nagkasal ay si Rev. F.W. Fischer, noon Disyembre 6,1900, kasabay nang taon na iyon, siya’y naging “US citizen” na pinagukulan ni Judge Daingerfield, sa San Francisco. Ang magkabiyak ay nanirahan kasalukuyan noon sa 744 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California.

Pitong taon na ang nakararaan, ang magasawa ay wala pa rin anak, nagpasya ang magasawa na lumipat sa San Jose, California. Subalit, Oktubre 22,1922 sila ay nakaisip lumipat sa Winnemucca, Nevada, Si Grayson ay sumulat sa “War Department”, Washington ayon sa kaniyang nagawang kakaibang paglilingkod militar, ipinagyabang na siya ang may pasimuno nang Giyerang Pilipino/Amerikano at humihiling nang malaking pension at bonus. Siya naman ay nakatangap nang nakalulungot na katugunan mula sa US War Department…”No pecuniary rewards are made by the government for extraordinary bravery in action.” Sumakit ang loob niya, subalit hindi ito walan nang pagasa, hindi tumigil at nagtungo sa City Hall, at hinarap ang county clerk J.W. Devey, isinalaysay at ipinatala na sa dahilang pakikipaglaban niya noon panahon ng, “Philippine-American War” siya ay nagkaroon ng sakit na “HEMORRHOIDS”, at dahilan sa tinataglay na sakit, hindi siya makapagtrabaho ang Grayson na 46 taong gulang!

Matapos nang pananatili sa Nevada nang 5 taon at nakatangap siya nang kabuoang 151.83 dolyares na pension, ngayon’y isang balo…si Grayson ay nagbalik at nanirahan muli sa San Francisco, sa 1135 Madison Avenue. Noon Marso 17,1941, siya ay tinangap sa Veteran’s Administration Hospital sa San Francisco at pagkalipas nang 3 araw, 7:50 ng umaga, Marso 20, 1941 si Pvt. William Walter Grayson ay binawian nang buhay. Ang sanhi ng kaniyang pagkamatay ayon sa otopsiya ay “cerebral thrombosis with hemiplegia, caused by arteriosclerosis” ang kaniyang bankay at paglilibing ay ginampanan ng “Halstead and Company.” Namatay si Grayson na may 64 na taon, 11 na buwan at 11 araw na gulang…Na Hindi Niya Batid at Akalain na ang Punlo Mula sa Kaniyang Ripleng Springfield na Pumatay sa Isang Inosenteng Pilipino na Tatawid Lang nang Tulay, ay Patuloy pa Rin Pumapatay sa Ilan Salin Lahi at Darating pang Salin Lahing Pilipino. Napakalaking krimen at marami pang krimen na naganap at matagumpay na naitago, napagtakpan at matagumpay na nabura sa isipan ng mga Pilipino!

Tony Donato
4th of February, 2008

Des pues Senor Enrique historia Gracias a Usted.

If you want to read some of my blog, I have two sites on multiply...

and also...

June 28, 2008 3:20 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Incredibly detailed account of Grayson's life after he fired that fateful shot.

Thank you Tony for sharing with us!

I will visit your sites.

June 29, 2008 6:42 AM  

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