Exhibit 1200.

[Original in Spanish. D.S. P.I.R., Books C.6.]

JARO, December 12th, 1898.


At 7 o'clock p. m. on the 12th of December, 1898, in the Government House of this town, were assembled the members of the Revolutionary Regional Provisional Government of the Visayan Islands and the Generals and Chiefs of the Liberating Army apearing on the margin, which were presided over by Sr. Roque Lopez in the presence of a large gathering of invited to witness the same at the request of citizen Francisco Villanueva, representative of the former Revolutionary Committee of this Region to Luzon.

This meeting was held as a continuation of the session of this morning, and for the purpose of passing on the matters set forth in the body of this act.

With the President's consent Sr. Villanueva took the floor and stated in elevated and patriotic language the object of this extraordinary session held at his request, saying that the Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo, the President of the Philippine Republic, having granted the request of the Commissioners sent to Luzon by the former Revolutionary Committee to request aid in continuing the war until we had gained our object, and other special instructions relating to the situation and the political organization of this region, had ordered, among other things, the recognition of the political system of the Federal Republic which represents the aspirations of the Philippine peoples and which was conducive to their political unity as it is similar to the Federal States of the Republic of North America; hence the constitution of the Council of State was to be substituted for that of the Regional Government now in force, for the purpose of raising the judicial entity and personnel of the same; and we went on to state that all the Visayan Provinces conquered by the Revolutionary forces, or nearly all of them, would be represented in said Council of State, and that this would require a modification of the personnel of tha government.

Citizen-Chief Felipe Gonzalez was then given the floor, and in patriotic language and in the name of the people and of the Army, he proceeded to state that at the present stage of the revolution it was not advisable to change the form of government or to make any modification in the present personnel.

Sr. Vicente Franco, Vice President and Councilor of Government, was given the floor and stated that Sr. Villanueva, in the first place, was carrying out the instructions of the Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo, and that he was only trying to elevate the entity of this Regional, Government to its proper level in accordance with the principles of public law which form the constitutional basis of the Republican Federal system; and respecting the personnel of the Government, all were elected by the suffrage, of the Army and the people, and especially the President who holds his high office as the result of an election by secret ballot; yet, notwithstanding all this he and all the other members associated with him in the Government had firmly resolved to resign from office the moment the city of Iloilo was taken either by force of arms or otherwise, this being the last piece of ground held by the Spaniards on the Island of Panay for the town of Molo was almost entirely under the control of our forces. Hence he saw no difficulty in making the change from the present form of government since such a change could in no way impede the regular course of the affairs of our Government, either directly or indirectly, which today might justly be considered as united with the Federal State of Luzon. He closed by saluting affectionately the people present on this occasion and by highly complementing the Liberating Army for its self-denial and valor as shown by the victories gained' over the enemy.

In view of this speech, Sr. Felipe Gonzalez withdrew his motion and expressed his approval of the policy advocated by Sr. Franco, but with one condition, namely, that there be no change in the personnel of the Government that had carried on administrative affairs up to the present.

After all these gentlemen had been heard, the President, Sr. Roque Lopez, took the floor and thanked Sr. Villanueva in the name of the Visayan people for the successful performance of his mission before the authorities in Luzon, and also thanked all others who, though absent at present, had represented us before the Government of Malolos at the request of the former Revolutionary Committee. He then accepted the political reorganization suggested by Sr. Villanueva to what was to be known as the Council of State, the same to conform to the instructions which Sr. Villanueva had received from the Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo; and regarding the personnel of the Government which had already been elected by vote of the Army and the people, he said that it was not possible to hold new elections at the present time, and hence it would be well to select the personnel of the new body politic from those already elected to office, thus vesting anew, as it were, the authority already conferred, and that to this end the will of those present, who represented the people and the Army, should be consulted.

The President's proposition was unanimously accepted, whereupon the Councilor of Government, having been recognized, took the floor and stated that the sovereignty of the people constituted the essence of all Republican States in any of their phases of government, be it United, Federal, or Cantonal; hence he approved heartily the idea of having the opinion of the people, Generals and Chiefs of the Llberatmg Army present concerning the personnel of the Government and the Representative Councilors of the Visayan Province, which Provinces were almost entirely under the control of the Revolutionary forces.

By the consent of those present the following personnel was appointed:

President of the Council of State, Seņor Roque Lopez.

Vice President, Seņor Vicente Franco;

COUNCILORS FOR ILOILO. Sr. Jovito Yusay, Sr. Ramon Avanceņa, Sr. Julio Hernandez, Sr. Magdeleno Javellana.

MEMBERS EX OFFICIO FROM THE ARMY. Sr. Martin Delgado, Sr. Pablo Araneta.

COUNCILOR FOR CEBU. Sr. Fernando Salas.

COUNCILLORS FOR OCCIDENTAL NEGROS. Sr. Agustin Montilla, for the South: Sr. Juan de Leon, for the north.



COUNCILOR FOR CAPIZ. Sr. Venancio Concepcion.



VICE SECRETARY, Sr. Florencio Tarrosa.

The other Provinces of the Visayan Island could not be represented in the Council of the Federal State at present as they were cut off.

The President then reminded the Council of State that the right was reserved to appoint commissions for each of the Departments of Public Administration, said commissioners to be appointed from among the members of the Council of State. This suggestion was approved by all present.

There being no further business before the meeting, the session was closed and these minutes signed by the Representatives of the Government, of the Army, and of the people to which I, the General Secretary, certify.


Councilor of Govt.

(And 69 others.)