OTIS TO RIZZO, DECEMBER 17, 1898
OFFICE U. S. MILITARY GOVERNOR IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS,
Manila, P. I., December 17, 1898.
Division General FRANCISCO RIZZO,
Commanding Spanish Forces, Manila, P. I.
In further response to your letter of the 14th instant, regarding your
contemplated action in the matter of discharging Spanish native troops held in this
city as prisoners of war, I have the honor to inform you that exhaustive inquiry has
been made as to their permanent homes and possible conduct should they be discharged
at this time. It has been ascertained that a very large number of them
came from the southern islands, and that some of them, though of Luzon, would be
afraid to return to their homes, even if discharged. Those living in the southern
islands should be sent there; those of Luzon who are afraid to return to their homes
should be kept here in Manila . There are others of these natives who might give
trouble in the city if discharged, and they should be kept under restraint.
All the native troops, therefore, will be continued in their present status as
prisoners of war, to remain in restraint under the immediate supervision of their officers
until the chief authorities of the dominion of Spain and the United States give final
directions as to their disposition. This is in conformity with the articles of
capitulation of August 14, last.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. S. OTIS ,
Major-General, U.S.V., United States Military Governor in the Philippines