The Law of the Sea

Arturo M. Tolentino: I wish people will remember me for The Law of the Sea

Liberation and Post-War Period

So the war and the Japanese occupation ended. Within days General MacArthur restored the Commonwealth government with Sergio Osmena as President with full powers and responsibilities according to the pre-war constitution.

But for Arturo Tolentino and several others, there were still more battles to be fought ….and won. As he explains:

Daddy did not say this in front of the Canadian writer but it was common knowledge then because his case was in the newspapers during his trial. A number of people my father did not even know personally came from all parts of the Philippines to volunteer as witnesses that “they could have been killed during the occupation and not be alive to be there as witnesses if not for Tolentino”.

Post War Election

After the war when the Young Philippines had become a political party, Amang’s Nationalista party was also in the opposition. He called the leaders of all the different small parties and said that our only chance to go against the party in power was for us to unite all the small opposition groups into one. Realizing that Amang was right, my father agreed and the Y.P. joined forces with the Nationalista party.

My father said: