On this day, May 17, in 1897, newly appointed Governor-General of the Philippines Fernando Primo de Rivera issued a decree granting a general amnesty to all Filipino revolutionaries who would surrender to the Spanish government.
Most of the revolutionaries ignored the decree, prompting Rivera to launch a major offensive against them in Cavite. Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the Revolutionary Government, was forced to retreat his forces to Batangas and establish a new headquarters in Mount Puray, Morong.
Today, May 17, we celebrate 23 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Namibia. The Philippines established diplomatic relations with Namibia in 1996.
Today, May 17, we celebrate 68 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Netherlands. The Philippines established diplomatic relations with the Netherlands in 1951.
With 15.514 Filipinos as of Dec. 2017, PH has an Embassy in The Hague and Honorary Consulates General in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.