If you ask me, this is not the day of our independence. This is the date when the traitors of the true Katipunan revolution unfurled that flag in the balcony of the home of the blackest of all traitors--Emilio Aguinaldo at Kawit Cavite.
Months prior to this incident, independence has been declared by the forces of the Supremo, Andres Bonifacio in the hills of Mandaluyong, but no historian tried to raise a howl for government to take notice and change history.
When Aguinaldao declared independence on June 12, 1898, Spanish forces were still fighting Philippine revolutionary forces. Though the Spanish fleet were destroyed by American warships over at the Manila Bay, there were still major skirmishes by Spanish colonial forces with those of Aguinaldo's. Likewise, no other country recognized what Aguinaldo did.
If you ask me, this is the same situation as what the Supremo encountered when he led revolutionary forces in the Independence fight in Mandaluyong. Yes, I admit, shortly after that declaration in the hills of Mandaluyong, the forces of the Supremo continued on their struggle against the Spaniards. Yet, that battle was the tipping point by which all other battles were based upon.
The Supremo's forces made Montalban, the hub of all revolutionary activity following the defeat of Spanish forces. Various groups of Patriotic Filipinos recognized the government established by the Supremo there. Had the Supremo lived the Tejeros betrayal, Bonifacio would have continued on acting and leading the charge as the First Philippine president.
As early as his induction into the Katipunan ranks, Aguinaldo has been the subject of suspicions and doubts by the leaders of the group. For one, Aguinaldo maintained his strong relations with the priests of Cavite who reported directly to the Spanish colonial government in Manila. Aguinaldo's stance in every Katipunan meeting ran contrary to the Katipunan's assessment of the war.
Aguinaldo's treachery was exposed when he did not order the charge towards Manila to assist the Katipuneros in their fight against Spanish forces in San Juan del MOnte and that in Santa Mesa in Manila. The agreement was the Katipuneros of Cavite would charge when they see the signal of the Supremo. Aguinaldo hesitated. That hesitation nearly caused the defeat of the revolutionary forces that day. It was only the Supremo's quick thinking that saved the day for the Katipunan.