Telegram that summoned Heneral Luna to his death up for auction

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2018 10:47 AM

MANILA - An important part of Philippine history will go under the hammer at Leon Gallery in December.

The 119-year-old telegram could piece together what role President Emilio Aguinaldo played in General Antonio Luna's death.

With a starting bid of P500,000, the telegram is part of the gallery's "The Kingly Treasure 2018" auction on December 1.

Dated June 4, 1899, the handwritten telegram sent by President Emilio Aguinaldo to General Antonio Luna was found in the Luna family hoard.

Aguinaldo was said to have sent Luna four telegrams to make sure that he got the order to proceed to Cabanatuan.

Curator Lisa Guerrero Nakpil wrote that only two of the telegrams, including the one to be auctioned, survived the wars.

According to the gallery, the telegram reads: “PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, DAGUPAN : Paging for an important meeting, therefore you are ordered to come here immediately. This is in response to your previous telegram about urgent matters to discuss. It is really an emergency.”

Luna received the telegram while having supper in Tarlac. He set off for Cabanatuan the following day where he met his gruesome death.