JULO INFANTE TO EMILIO AGUINALDO, NOVEMBER 6, 1898
[Original in Spanish. L.S. P.I.R., 311.10. ]
Nov. 6, 1898.
To the Honorable President of the Revolutionary Government, Citizen Emilio
SIR: If an acute illness did not confine me to-day to my bed, I should
have gone in person to submit my ideas to the very high consideration of
your honorable person.
From my point of view, in accordance with the latest news from Visayas,
the city of Iloilo will soon be in the hands of our brothers notwithstanding
the insufficient arms which they have; nevertheless, now more
than ever is an expedition to that point necessary, not only to communicate
to them our ideas of independence, but also to have there a sufficient number
of arms with which to repulse those who, being unable to take Luzon,
turn to the almost defenseless islands of the Visayas. And if apart from
these considerations we remember that there the predominant spirit is
that of annexation, an expedition is rendered more necessary even though
it be only for the purpose of counteracting bad ideas and call upon our
brothers to aid and participate in the ideals which we are all unitedly pursuing.
I have there on my side nearly half the entire province, and this
half is a column which at the present time directs its attacks upon the
city, being under the command of an old servant of my father, who perhaps
does not very clearly understand the scope of his duties if he should enter
ed, as I fear that if things are left to go as they are going, the Visayan
someone who will understand how to make your name and prestige respected,
as I fear that if things are left to go as they are going, the Visayan
Islands would be separated from Luzon, as I have heard so many times
from some of their inhabitants, who are anxious to be the ones to direct
and manage everything.
This is nothing but a statement, Sir, of what exists, because it would
be very regretful to me that later we should have to lament the separation
of the Visayas, or the loss of Visayas from the territory of our new born
Republic. Seņor Alba is going there to make some explanations regarding
May God preserve your life, Sir, for the welfare and happiness of
(Signed) JULIO INFANTE.
NOVEMBER 6, 1898.