HERANDEZ GENERAL ORDER, FEBRUARY 12, 1900
Original in Spanish. D.S P.I.R., 980.1.]
GENERAL ORDER OF THE GENERAL STAFF FOR THE TWELFTH
DAY OF FEBRUARY, NINETEEN HUNDRED.
In order that our next operations may have a satisfactory result and
the success desired, and in order that they may have the character prescribed
in the military regulations in force and be in accordance with the
"guerrilla tactics" issued on December 23rd last, in the name of the General
in Chief, and availing myself of the powers vested in me as Chief
of Staff, I order and command:
1. Before beginning the operations, all the chiefs of tactical units
shall organize their forces in fractions, and the latter in guerrilla bands,
with the proper commissioned and non-commissioned officers, as prescribed
in the said "guerrilla tactics" of December 23rd last.
2. After the guerrillas have been organized, roll of the same and
statement of the rifles and ammunition which each man has individually
and the total surplus shall be made in duplicate, one copy being transmitted
to these headquarters as soon as possible.
3. The chiefs of guerrillas will give all their attention to the study
of the ground where they are to camp or operate, to watch the movement
of the enemy, their numbers, importance of the detachment or convoy on
the march, amount of munitions of war and arms.
4. The commanders of forces of bolomen shall place themselves under
the orders of the guerrilla chief, who is empowered to organize them in
accordance with requirements of the campaign, in excess of the number
required by the "guerrilla tactics."
5. The orders of the Hon. Sr. Aguinaldo regarding the waste of ammunition
are emphatically repeated, and the chief of the guerrillas is
obliged to examine the same every 24 hours before beginning a march or
undertaking an operation and compare later the number of empty shells
with the cartridges distributed to each man.
6. Upon camping anywhere, or before operating, it is necessary that
the guerrilla chief privately inform the officers and commanders of fractions
of the place reconcentration.
7. The use of the "Tultugan" (calls) is recommended and is obligatory
in movements and on the march.
8. and last. In accordance with the noble desires of our Government
and with the sentiments of humanity, I beseech the chiefs of guerrillas to
show proper consideration to those who may fall prisoners into our hands;
they may be disarmed immediately and sent back to their detachment to
inform their commander that we do not fight against the American nation,
but to defend our legitimate rights.
Communicate this to the respective subordinates for general information
and exact execution.
Given in the General Flying Camp, the twelfth day of February, nineteen
(Signed) ----- HERNANDEZ,
Chief of Staff.
Stamp: Military operations in Panay - General Staff.
Guerrilla chiefs shall keep a diary of operations in which they shall
enter notes of the campaign, events of the day and the most brilliant
feats of arms, and shall send the same to the Chief of the General Staff
in order that they may serve as a basis for the official chronicle of the
To Sr. NICOLAS ROSES, Major and Chief of Guerrillas.