On this day, September 20

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Alan Peter Cayetano | Image Credit: @DFAPHL

On this day, September 20, in 2017, the Philippines signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City, USA.

During the signing, Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter S. Cayetano called on nuclear-weapon States to join the international community in making the world a safer place. He added that the world will only be safer if all countries eliminate weapons of mass destruction.


On this day, September 20, in 1949, the 4th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly opened in New York City.

Carlos P. Romulo, who later assumed the post of Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, served as UN General Assembly President, becoming the first Asian to hold the position.


On this day, September 20, in 1943, the Japanese-sponsored political party Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) held elections for the 108 members of the National Assembly of the Second Philippine Republic.

Of the 108 members of the National Assembly, 54 were elected from among members of KALIBAPI, which was headed by its director-general Benigno Aquino Sr. The KALIBAPI was the sole political party endorsed by the Japanese Military Administration at the time.

The rest of the seats were reserved for city mayors and governors from the Commonwealth Government who had survived the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. A total of 46 provincial governors and eight city mayors were appointed ex-officio members.

The National Assembly became the main legislative body of the Japanese-sponsored Second Philippine Republic. After its members were elected, it held its first special session on September 25, 1943, for the election of its speaker as well as the president of the Second Philippine Republic. (http://everydayhistory.ph)


Gabriela Silang and her troops were executed by hanging on September 20, 1763, by the Spaniards in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, following her valiant, revolutionary leadership against the colonizers.

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