Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista
Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista (17 December 1830 – 4 December 1903), also known as Don Bosyong, was a lawyer and author of the Declaration of Philippine Independence document. A distant relative of the Rizal family, Philippine national hero José Rizal
José Rizal
José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda , was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is regarded as the foremost Filipino patriot and is listed as one of the national heroes of the Philippines by...

 always sought his advice during his school days in Manila
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Ambrosio was born in Biñan, Laguna
Biñan, Laguna
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 to Gregorio Enriquez and Bautista Silvestra Altamira. He attended preparatory school in Biñan, and studied law at the University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines , is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the...

 (UST), obtaining a degree in 1865. He then practiced law in Manila by offering free legal services to poor clients. One day, Ambrosio was captured by a group of bandits while on his way to Malolos, Bulacan. After learning that he was the Don Bosyong who had saved many of their friends and who was the defender of the poor in court cases against rich Filipinos and the Spaniards, the bandits apologized and set him free.

Bautista solicited funds to finance the campaign for the reforms in the Philippines. He then became a member of the La Liga Filipina
La Liga Filipina
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, Cuerpo de Compromisarios, and La Propaganda. In 1896, the Spaniards arrested and imprisoned him at Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines. José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896...

, as he was suspected for being involved in the Philippine Revolution
Philippine Revolution
The Philippine Revolution , called the "Tagalog War" by the Spanish, was an armed military conflict between the people of the Philippines and the Spanish colonial authorities which resulted in the secession of the Philippine Islands from the Spanish Empire.The Philippine Revolution began in August...

. He defended himself and was later released from prison. He became the first adviser of President Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role during the Philippines' revolution against Spain, and the subsequent Philippine-American War or War of Philippine Independence that resisted American occupation...

 in 1898, and subsequently wrote the Declaration of Philippine Independence. On 14 July 1899, Bautista was elected vice-president of Tarlac
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's Revolutionary Congress. He was later appointed judge of the Court of First Instance of Pangasinan
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