ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF TO LOCAL PRESIDENTES, OCTOBER 29, 1899
[Spanish D.S. P.I.R., File No. 1122.8.]
KABATUAN, Oct. 29, 1899.
[Seal] Philippine Republic P. M. Government of Iloilo.
The Local Presidentes noted on margin: (Kabatuan-Janiway-Lambunao-
According to the latest reports received in this office it seems that at
any day the advance of the enemy will take place, for though routed in
many battles in Luzon, he is renewing his efforts in this Island, because
according to the course of political events brought about by the war,
McKinley, foreseeing his fall and the failure of his policy, is endeavoring
to counteract the increase of the Democratic party by exhibiting at the
next session of congress in Washington good reports of the war in the
Philippines. This should be for us a further incentive to put forth greater
efforts to maintain our attitude, considering above all that in the very midst
of the American people our independence has supporters.
If, by chance, the advance should take place and our troops should
not be able to protect our advance lines, the people of the towns nearest
to where the enemy are must withdraw their families to the barrios, deviating
in every case from the direction taken by the enemy in the operations
that he may undertake, in order to thus save our women from falling
victims to the outrages which the invasion would bring about; and from
the barrios the attitude of the enemy will be watched in order that the
people may gradually return to their homes.
The militia not attached to the army and not having other orders
shall guard the families who have to retreat until their return to the town,
and as long as the danger continues,
In the event of the enemy already occupying some of the towns, I
hope from their patriotism, that without maintaining a hostHe attitude,
they will never for any cause depart from the line of conduct laid down
by the government.
Send from one town to another and return through the last after
compliance by all.
God preserve you many years for our liberty and independence.
KABATUAN, October 29, 1899.
By order of
The Acting Chief of Staff.