(1866 - 1928)
General Isidoro Torres was a scion of one of the prominent families in Bulacan. Like the del Pilars, Santoses, Rojases, Aldabas, Teodoros, Gatmaitans and the Hernandezes, his family gave a legacy of revolutionaries.
was born on
His popularity derived from the social ascendancy of his family and also from his active participation in the affairs of the community. In 1882, barely aged 16, he was involved in a plot to kill Father Moises Santos, the parish priest who imposed exorbitant church fees. Due to the social position of his family, he was exonerated during the trial.
In 1890 he was a cabeza de barangay, a position he held for two years. While a cabeza de barangay, he joined the Katipunan. With Deodato Arellano, Doroteo Karagdag, Juan de Leon and Manuel Crisostomo, he organized the Sangguniang Lalawigang Balangay Apoy, a chapter of the Katipunan in Bulacan.
When the secret society was discovered, he narrowly escaped arrest. He fled to Masukol, Paombong, Bulacan where he gathered 3,000 men from Hagonoy and Tondo.
resumption of hostilities against the Spanish government in the
contingent, he fought in the invasion of
He was appointed Director of Arms, Assistant Secretary of War and later military governor of Bulacan. Up[on the establishment of the Central Government of Luzon under General Pantaleon Garcia in 1900, Torres as politico - military governor, conducted guerrilla warfare against the Americans. But the better trained and equipped Americans were victorious everywhere. And with the illustrados collaborating with the Americans to attain peace and induce the surrender of leading Filipino generals, the spirit and strength of resistance was gradually dissipated.
In the battle, he avoided suicidal assaults by his men on the enemy. For this he was at one time placed in military confinement. To him, “the life of a man is a thing of much value, especially to those who love him.” He ordered his commanders to avoid summary executions without review and the hasty approval of cases of “war criminals.”
peace was restored in Bulacan, he was offered the governorship. He refused it
and instead sailed for
his death on