MEETING OF ARMY OFFICERS, OCTOBER 22, 1899
[Original in Spanish. D.S. P.I.R., 889.10.]
OCT. 22, 1899.
In the Headquarters of Santa Barbara, the twenty second day of
October, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, the Generals, Line and Field
officers of the army on duty in this Island of Panay having assembled
by virtue of a call, resolved:
1. To create in this Island of Panay, a superior Council, which shall
comprise the three Politico-military Governments established in the island.
2. This Superior Council shall be composed of a President and three
councillors, who shall be the three representatives of these three provinces.
3. The President shall be elected by acclamation at this meeting.
The councillors and representatives shall be appointed by the Politicomilitary
Governor with the concurrence of his Provincial Council.
4. The army in the island shall be unified as follows: 1. Three battalipns
of infantry shall be formed and a mixed one of engineers and
artillery, in addition to the other assimilated corps, which shall also be
organized upon the basis of the standing army. 2. The organized army
shall be under the command of an immediate superior commander. 3.
This immediate superior commander shall be elected by acclamation at this
meeting. 4. In this organization and in filling the places, there shall be
taken into consideration the grades shown by the commissions issued by
the Central Government of Luzon and the grades conferred by the Governments
formerly here constituted, it being understood that the first are
to be given the preference.
5. The grades not established by commissions issued by the Central
Government of Luzon, shall be investigated and arranged according to
the merits of the parties, by a commission of investigation which shall be
composed of a field officer of each corps, to be elected by the field and
line officers of the respective corps.
6. A list shall be prepared of the Generals, Field and Line Officers
under waiting orders (excedentes) and another of the reserve officers
who may voluntarily apply for commissions, in accordance with the decree
of the Central Government.
7. The President of the Superior Council is the General in Chief
of the army organized in this Island of Panay. The immediate superior
shall be in command of this organized army, and shall be subject to the
orders of the general in chief.
8. All those present at this meeting elect by acclamation as President
of the Superior Council of the Island of Panay and General in Chief
of its army, General Martin F. Delgado, and as immediate superior commander,
General Ananias Dlocno.
9. On the request of Colonel Quintin Salas, it is made a matter of
record that he and all the forces under his command are disposed to cede
their positions and to accept the grades conferred by the Central Government
of Luzon, in order to remove any incompatibility arising in the
organiza ti On.
10. and last. The Central Government of Luzon shall be informed
of this resolution for its approval, and in the meantime all those signing
this minute promise to observe this resolution in all its parts.
In testimony whereof we sign this minute. Date ut supra.
(Signed) MARTIN DELGADO,
(Signed) ROQUE LOPEZ.
(And 126 signatures.)