FERNANDO SALAS LETTER, NOVEMBER 20, 1898
[Original in Spanish. D.S. P.I.R.. 1046.1 . ]
Stamp: Provisional Regional Committee. Visayas. Iloilo.
In the margin: Office of the General Secretary of the Revolutionary
Nov. 20, 1898.
Within a few days this province will be visited by the citizen Councilor
of Government, Sr. Vicente Franco.
The purpose of his visit is to organize the towns of the same in accordance
with the constitution of the Philippine Republic, for which purpose he
will for the first and only time preside over the election of the persons
who are to constitute the local boards during the next term.
He will also visit the public schools and colleges where there are any,
nnd in towns where it may be convenient he will organize Clubs or popular
assemblies, in order that social education in all the branches of human
knowledge may be developed.
He will establish the civil register in accordance with supplementary
legislation and by delegation of this Regional Government.
Although it is not customary for Governments to send a high councillor
from its body to visit the towns, taking him from his duties in the
Central Cabinet, this sacrifice has been made for the sole purpose of
having the organizations of the towns of Iloilo serve as a standard for
that of other provinces of the Visayas and Mindanao, where commissioners
will be sent with the same end in view.
The Government hopes that the ardent patriotism of those towns
will lead to a reception of the Councillor of Government commensurate
with his high rank, and compatible with the democratic principles prevailing
in the Philippine Republic.
The Councillor of Government will himself arrange his itinerary
and one of his Secretaries will announce the date and probable time of
his arrival in each town, as well as the military escort which he will
have on his trip.
Let it be circulated, noted and returned.
PRESIDENTIAL PALACE OF SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 20, 1898.
(Signed) FERNANDO SALAS,
To the LOCAL CHIEFS MENTIONED IN THE MARGIN.