ESTADO FEDERAL DE BISAYAS MEETING, KABATUAN, MARCH 15 1899
[ Extract from original in Spanish D . S . P. I. R ., Books C . 6 . ]
KABATUAN [PANAY], March 15th, 1899.
Meeting held in the town of Kabatuan on the 15th day of March,
1899. Present upon due citation, the Councilors and ex officio members
appearing on the margin. Sr Jovito Yusay, temporarily acting as President,
opened the meeting; whereupon the minutes of the previous meeting
were read and approved in their entirety.
Some of the Councilors presented various measures to the meeting
for consideration, and the following resolutions were passed: * * *
5. For the official information of nations which hereafter may wish
to place the responsibility for the damage done both to natives and foreigners
by fire in the 11th of February, it was resolved that a written
protest should be made to the various Consuls stating that, concerning
the bombardment on the 11th of February, the Americans failed to observe
the time fixed by General Miller in his ultimatum to the National Visayan
Forces, said ultimatum stating that they had until sunset, whereas
the bombardment began early in the morning. And said protest shall
further set forth that the burning of the town of Iloilo was a sudden and
sublime display of the abnegation of its inhabitants who, not being able
to prevent the landing of the enemy who from their powerful ships deluged
them with their destructive projectiles, putting them in imminent danger
of a miserable death should they persist in remaining, had to abandon
the city, but in doing so they left it a field of flames, preferring to see it
a mass of ruins and debris to beholding it in the hands of the proud
There being no further business before the meeting, the session was
closed and these minutes were drawn up and signed by all present. To
all of which I, the Secretary, certify.
(Signed) JOVITO YUSAY,
(Signed) RAMON AVANCENA.
(And five other signatures.)