José Abad Santos' Pebble


José Abad Santos




Last stand to defend one’s home


Compels to stand guard even at great personal risk


Wielding while under duress


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Elected as the fifth Supreme Court Justice of the Philippines, José Abad Santos served positions in the Senate and House of Representatives prior to his appointment. More notable however was his role as Acting President and Commander-in-Chief for the archipelago nation during World War Two. When given the choice to evacuate via submarine, Santos flatly refused - his duty was to the people.

Sworn in by President Quezon, Santos' purpose was to govern on behalf of the cabinet while Quezon established an exiled government abroad in America. Japanese military forces captured Santos and failing to get any cooperation, executed him by firing squad. Santos last words were convincing his son Pepito not to cry over his death. "Do not cry, Pepito, show to these people that you are brave. It is an honor to die for one's country. Not everybody has that chance."


Imbued with the undying desire to save his homeland, this tiny rock compels the user to defend their home. Refusing to submit to assailants’ demands is common, as is an unyielding resistance to surrender. Even when the user risks great personal harm by making their stand, they will not budge under any pressure.

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