Topics: Philippines, Duty, Core issues in ethics Pages: 4 (1213 words) Published: January 13, 2013
"To the Filipinos: " 

"The step I have taken or am about to take is very 
risky, indeed, and I need not say that I have thought it over for a  long time. I know that almost all are against it; but I know also  that hardly anyone knows what is going on in my heart. I cannot live  on, knowing that many are suffering unjust persecutions on my  account; I cannot live on, seeing my brother, sisters, and their  numerous families pursued like criminals; I prefer to face death, and  I gladly give my life to free so many innocent persons from so unjust  a persecution. I know that for the time being the future of my  country hinges upon me; that if I die many will exult and that,  therefore, many will long for my perdition. But what shall I do? I  have duties to my conscience above all; I have obligations to the  families who suffer, to my aged parents, whose sighs pierce my heart.  I know that I alone, even with my death, can make them happy by  returning them to their country and to the tranquility of their  home. I have only my parents, but my country has yet many sons who  can take my place and are already doing so with advantage." 

"I desire, furthermore, to let those who deny our patriotism see that  we know how to die for our duty and for our convictions. What matters  death if one dies for what is loved, for the country, and for the  beings that are adored?" 

"If I were the only point of support of the policy of the 
Philippines, and if I were convinced that my countrymen would need my  services, I would perhaps hesitate to take this step; but there are  still others who can take my place with advantage; and, still, there  are perchance those who find me unnecessary and will not utilize my  services, for they reduced me to inaction." 

"I have always loved my poor country, and I am sure I shall love her  to the last moment, even though men are perhaps unjust to me; my  future, my life, my joys - all these I have sacrificed for my love of  her. Whatever...
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