He immediately implemented the educational decrees of a fellow Mason, Minister of the Colonies Segismundo Moret; lifted strict press censorship; allowed free discussion of social and political issues, and instituted other reforms that endeared him to the Filipinos.
In every nation where Masonry is established loyalty to government and country are constantly stressed. But not withstanding the "ad nauseam" of the non-political injunction in Masonic regulations, countless political upheavals have been laid at its doorsteps.
For a century and a half a large segment of the intelligentsia of Europe believed that many of the events that transpired in the world happened because Freemasons planned them so.
Masons were considered "ipso facto" subversives, and were blamed for the French Revolution, and subsequent uprisings in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, and Latin America. InPrime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England warned that secret societies, in the guise of Freemasonry, were "ever prepared to ravage Europe.
The Masonry which was first introduced into the country was, therefore, the Masonry of Spain which has an envenomed relationship with the Catholic Church.
Historians tell us that the first Masonic lodge established in the Philippines dates from It was followed shortly thereafter by lodges organized in Manila. All these lodges, however, were composed of Spaniards and foreigners. Only a handful of Filipinos were admitted into membership.
It was not until that the first lodges composed of Filipinos were set up in the country. But while the doors of the early lodges were closed to the Filipinos, the Spaniards and foreigners who comprised their membership gave the Filipinos a foretaste of the libertarian ideals of the Fraternity and aroused in them a craving for the "new liberties".
De La Torre's Term After the triumph of liberalism in Spain inthe Masons who headed the new administration in Madrid appointed hundreds of their Fraternity brothers to government positions in the Philippines as replacements of the officeholders of the deposed regime.
The genial liberalism and humanism of the new arrivals awakened as first curiosity and later a feeling of goodwill towards the Fraternity. The Masons spread among their newly-found Filipino friends such dangerous ideas as "liberty, equality, fraternity and independence.
A liberal to the core, he became very popular among the Filipinos. La Torre encouraged freedom of speech, abolished censorship of the press and fostered free discussion of political problems. Encouraged by his liberalism, the Filipinos, both priests and laymen, waged a campaign for the Filipinization of the parishes and the ouster therefrom of the friars and pressed for greater political rights.
For the first time, Manila witnessed the staging of public demonstration and the emergence of a crop of agitators for reforms. The liberal regime in Spain also caused an Assembly of Reformers to be established in Manila. The assembly had the power to vote reforms in the colony, but monastic supremacy prevailed.
The friars in the Philippines were in those days the true rulers of the country, with sufficient clout to frustrate all attempts at change.
Thus the reforms voted were never carried into effect. Nonetheless, the first sparks of liberty had been struck with no amount of persecution could totally extinguish.
The Filipinos had been taught to hope for equal laws. They agitated for their promulgation and became a torn to the side of the Monastic Orders.
The friars viewed La Torre's liberalism with alarm and utter distaste. They started a campaign in Madrid to bring about his removal and simultaneously plotted their moves against the Filipino intellectuals who in the liberal atmosphere of his administration expressed their views too freely.
InLa Torre's patron, General Prim, was assassinated, and the following year he was recalled to Spain. His replacement, Rafael de Izquierdo, was a Mason, but he was above all a Spanish patriot who took to heart his mandate to reassert Spanish authority.
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