Rizal refused to kneel and declined the traditional blindfold. Maintaining that he was not a traitor to his country and to Spain, he even requested to face the firing squad. The Commander of the firing squad denied his request but after some time, Rizal agreed to turn his back to the firing squad but requested that he be shot not in the head — but in the small of the back instead
I am not revolutionary....
I worked hard for you to win this trial. I did my best to remind the judges to be fair with their verdict. I hope I didn't disappoint your expectations.
Don't worry. It's okay, my friend. Thank you for all that you've done.
On the same day, the unjust military court decision was handed down to Gov. Gen. Camilo G. de Polavieja, who sought the opinion of Judge Advocate Nicolas de la Pena, who confirmed death sentence.
Before you reprehend him, look within yourselves. All he wanted was an equal treatment of the Spaniards to the Filipinos.
I am not the commander of the revolution..
Anyone, who will go against the country's will is to be punished and sentenced to death! Which is rightful to Dr. Jose Rizal !!!
They used my name without permission!
This tribunal condemns, Don Jose Rizal Mercado y Alonso with the penalty of death !!!
THAT'S ENOUGH !
At 4:00 P.M., Rizal’s mother arrived. He asked forgiveness, they were both crying when the guards separated them.
My beloved mother, please get my dead body after the execution and burry it at the foot of the mountain with one stone and cross. I'm sorry for all that I've done. Thank you and goodbye.
Shortly afterwards Trinidad entered the cell to fetch her mother. As they were leaving Rizal whispered that “there is something inside the alcohol cooking stove” Trinidad understood. This “something” was Rizal’s farewell poem.
THAT'S ENOUGH !
My beloved sister. I will tell the officials to give it to you after my death, there's something inside. Thank you.