LETTER, AUGUST 30, 1898
[Original in Spanish. Draft of letter. P.I.R., 685.4 . ]
"Revolutionary Government of the Philippines. Office of the Captain
General. General Staff."
[About August 30th, 1898.- Compiler.]
(In consideration of the conditions surrounding Seņor Pablo Araneta,
I hereby appoint him Military Chief of the expedition which will shortly
start for the Visayas.) [Scratched out. - TR.]
Seņor ANANIAS DIOCNO,
Expeditionary Chief in Panay.
In view of the fact that there exists, in the province of Iloilo, Island
of Panay, a committee, under whose orders and plans the revolutionary
movement in said island has been initiated, principally at Iloilo, the
headquarters of said committee, and with whom this government has
communicated directly, giving instructions for the taking of Iloilo; in
view moreover, of the advisability, that there may exist harmony between
the operations successfully conducted (realized in said province) under
the direction of the said (the aforementioned committee at the orders of
the chief appointed by said committee (the same), and those that you,
as Expeditionary Chief, shall have to conduct, seconding said (and cooperating
with that) movement, for which a certain dependence between
you and the chief of that movement is necessary, I am anxious that you,
as soon as your help is required by said (the aforesaid) Revolutionary
Committee, should put yourself (with your forces) at the orders (disposal
of) of the same, (unless prevented by more important circumstances),
and lend your cooperation, acting on (under) the orders of the
General-in-Chief (Military Chief) who may direct the operations of Iloilo.
It is needless, moreover, to earnestly recommend to you the necessity
of respecting the revolutionary offices of that region of Visayas,and to
endeavor to maintain the greatest concord and union with the forces
there existing, avoiding antagonism and differences.
I confide in your well-known patriotism the strictest compliance with
God guard you etc.
NOTE.- Words in parentheses represent changes and interlineations
in the original.
[Original in Spanish. Draft of letter. P.I.R., 685.4.]
The suspension of hostilities between Spain and the United States
having been declared, the latter has no right, without prior nullification
of said suspension of hostilities, to attack any point in the Philippines.
For this reason and in case the Americans should attack the defenses
of Iloilo, and should take possession of it, I strongly recommend the Revolutionary
Committee of said place not to suspend the attack upon said
defenses until they are completely controlled by the revolutionary forces.
The fact that the Americans may be within the city ought not to be
considered an obstacle to their operations, for as has already been said,
the former, for the present, has no right to attack any point in the Philippines.