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April 1, 1901

MANILA, April 1 — On April 1, 1901, President Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States, formally ending the First Republic and recognizing the sovereignty of the US over the Philippines.

He was captured by the Americans in his secret headquarters in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.

Aguinaldo is considered to be the country's first and the youngest Philippine President from March 22, 1897 to April 1,1901, though his government failed to obtain any foreign recognition.

Also on this same day in 1972, the Philippine Medicare Act of 1969 (R.A. No. 6111) also known as MEDICARE was implemented to provide medical service to the people. (PNA)

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