ESTADO FEDERAL DE BISAYAS MEETING, DECEMBER 22, 1898
[Original in Spanish. D.S. P.I.R., Books C. 6.]
JARO [PANAY], December 22nd, 1898.
In the Presidential Headquarters of the town of Jaro, on 22nd of
December, 1889. Present, the Council of the Federal State of the Visayan
Islands, presided over by Sr. Roque Lopez, and the Spanish Commissioners
Srs. Vicente Guy and Jose Ma. Romero, the former of whom is Alcalde
of the city of Iloilo, and the latter a representative of the Spanish
Government. The object of the meeting was to ratify the treaty of peace
made on the previous night by said Spanish Commissioners and the Commissioners
of the Council of the Federal State at which were also present
Srs. Pascual Magbanua, Leandro Fullon, Adriano Hernandez, General-chiefs
of the Liberating Army who had been previously cited to assist in
these diplomatic proceedings of the Government.
The session was opened by the President, and the Spanish representatives
were immediately given the floor. Sr. Romero Salas stated before
the meeting the motives of the Commission and the main conditions of the
treaty. His main point was the interest he had in bringing about harmony
and union between the Visayan people and the Spaniards, between the conquerors
and conquered; and that such a step would raise the aspirations
of the Philippine people in the eyes of the world.
Then Sr. Roque Lopez, President of the Council of the Federal State
took the floor and stated, in the name of the Philippine people, that since
the commencement of the revolutionary movement all the Chiefs of the Revolution
had ever fostered generous and noble sentiments in view of the
grandeur of their cause and the nobility of their ideals. Hence, in the name
of the Visayan people, and on his word of honor, he promised the Spanish
Commissioners that the lives and possessions of the residents of the city
of Iloilo would be respected were they placed under his care. Sr. Martin
Delgado, seconded the President's remarks; and, in the name of the army
under his command, promised to issue strict orders to avoid any misbehavior
on the part of the troops; and he went on to assure the Spanish Commissioners
that in view of the high ideals of the Revolution they could safely
assure the residents of the city of Iloilo that from this moment on era of
peace and prosperity was inaugurated for this country, and that he would
use all his efforts to see that these promises were carried out.
Sr. Guy then thanked the Council of the Federal State and the Liberating
Army, in the name of the residents of Iloilo, for their noble and chivalrous
There being no further business before the meeting, the session was
closed by the President; whereupon he took the treaty of peace and personally
delivered it into the hands of the Spanish Commissioners.
To all of which I, the secretary, certify.
(Signed) R. LOPEZ, President.
(Signed) VICENTE FRANCO,
(And twelve others.)