The Death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal: Eyewitness Accounts

By Danilo Donor

Every December 30, Filipinos throughout the world remember the heroic death of Dr.Jose P. Rizal in Bagumbayan (“New Town”), a city promenade that also served as a killing field for those who opposed Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century Philippines.

Rafael Palma (1), then a young man and who later on became the president of the University of the Philippines, witnessed the last moments in the life of the great Filipino Nationalist and Martyr. This is what he wrote in the December 3o,1896 entry of his diary:

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