Battle of Binakayan

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The Battle of Binakayan was the first decisive victory of Emilio Aguinaldo-led Filipino revolutionaries over the Spaniards in Cavite. The battle took place in Binakayan, a barrio in Kawit and Dalahican, a barrio in Noveleta on 9-11 November 1986.

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The Assault

The attack was first initiated by Governor-General Ramon Blanco by assaulting the barrios through naval gunfire. He then seized the Dalahican shoreline and established a beachhead for his troops. As soon as they landed, Blanco divided his troops into two units. The first unit, commanded by Gen. Riego de Dios, attacked Dalahican. The second unit, commanded by Col. Jose Marina, assaulted Binakayan.

Counter-offensive

The Filipino revolutionaries, however, were prepared for the enemy's attack as they made trenches and positioned themselves strategically to fortify the barrios. Dalahican was defended by Magdiwang forces under the command of Mariano Alvarez. Binakayan was fortified by Magdalo forces led by Emilio Aguinaldo.

Blanco used Filipino soldiers in the Spanish army to weaken the Filipino trenches. However, the trenches were impenetrable and the Spanish troops suffered casualties. When the Filipino revolutionaries mounted a counter-offensive, Blanco ordered his men to retreat. The remaining Spanish troops were evacuated to the naval warships waiting at bay while some retreated to Sangley Point. The battle lasted for three days, until 11 November 1896.

Morale-boosting Victory

The victory boosted the morale of the revolutionaries and further elevated Aguinaldo's status as an excellent leader among revolutionaries. Succeeding victories of his forces followed and Cavite was virtually liberated from the Spaniards, saved for Sangley Point where Spain had a naval base. Gregoria Montoya, Generals Candido Tria Tirona and Simeon Latorre, who died in the battle, instantly became heroes. Half a thousand Spanish soldiers died and many Spanish military weapons were captured.


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