DIOCNO TO SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, AUGUST 25, 1899
[Original in Spanish. D.S. P.I.R., 311.1]
Stamp: Expeditionary Brigade, Headquarters.
CAPIZ, August 25, 1899.
To the SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.
Through your worthy self I have the honor to communicate to the
President of the Republic the result of the commission conferred upon
me by the decree of April 27 of the present year, issued in San Isidro.
The dissolution of the Federal Council of Iloilo was ordered by said
decree, and I was directed to come to an agreement with the Politico-Military
Governor of said province for the selection of the Politico-Military
Governor of Antique; but notwithstanding the fact that said decree
was received in said province, the Federal Council is still acting and the
election has taken place because the Governor of Iloilo believes it prudent
not to carry out the provisions of the decree for the present, as it is not
a question of passions, but of the theories and systems which a people'
I further have to communicate to the President, that now more than
ever are the political machinations of the Federals of Iloilo developing in
the Island of Panay; and as I am ready to carry out all that I am ordered
to do by the said decree, it appears to me that the authorities of
the province of Iloilo, are to a certain extent backward, which does not
speak very well for the union which should exist among all the Filipinos
during this time fo suspense for the country.
As a consequence of the machinations of the Federals who are secretly
sending special commissioners to some towns of this province, a slight
disorder is already noted; it appears that the towns nearest the District
of Concepcion, where a new military government has been established in
accordance with the federal institutions, are separating themselves from
the jurisdiction of this province.
In economic affairs, I regret to have to inform the Honorable President
that this province is one of those which is at the present time in
a state of poverty, and due to this anomaly it is impossible to collect the
citizen certificate tax, and, consequently it often occurs that even the
most pressing requirements of the Government remain unsatisfied.
This is all that I have to communicate to you in fulfillment of my
God preserve you many years.
CAPIZ, August 25, 1899.
(Signed) ANANIAS DIOCNO,