TACLOBAN MEETING, DECEMBER 16, 1898
[Original in Spanish. Contemporary copy. P. I . R., 879.8.]
TACLOBAN, Dec. 19th, 1898.
I, Catalino Tarcela, Provisional Governor of the Province of Leyte,
do hereby certify that there is to be found in these Provincial Headquarters
the minutes of a meeting of which the following is an exact
"In the town of Tacloban, on the 16th day of December, 1898, there
was held, by unanimous consent, a meeting of the inhabitants of this
the capital of this Province to give expression to the general sentiment
of said inhabitants upon the heroic and untiring efforts of the defender
of the Philippine Cause, Don Emilio Aguinaldo; and after several of
the most prominent persons among those present were heard on the
necessity of doing something in view of the abnormal conditions that
at present obtain in this Island, it was decided that on this very day
and in this Capital the Liberty and Independence of the Philippine Islands
should be proclaimed, after which the glorious Banner of red and blue
should be raised, and acclaim made of Don Catalino Tarcela as Governor
of the entire Province under the leadership of that distinguished chieftain,
Don Emilio Aguinaldo, said Governor being the proper person to
handle the present situation; whereupon he was given ample power to
do as his judgment might direct in matters of government and administration
of this Island, the same however to be entirely of a provisional
character until otherwise ordered by the Philippine Government;
and to this end, after due proclamation, the same to be drawn up in
writing and submitted to the Commissioners at Iloilo.
The Chief of the Province temporarily appointed ordered, also, that
this action be communicated to all the towns of the Province, whereupon
the inhabitants of said towns would undoubtedly be actuated by the
same sentiments and likewise proclaim Liberty and Independence.
Whereupon the meeting was closed and these minutes copied out and
subscribed by the President Governor and all others present.
Signed by Catalino Tarcela and 77 others.
The foregoing is an exact copy of the original to be found in this
archive, the same being preserved in testimony hereof. And that the
same appear of record and be sent to the Government of the Philippine
Republic, I sign the foregoing in Tacloban this 19th day of December,
(Signed) CATALINO TARCELA.
[SEAL.] Provisional Republican Government of Leyte.