ESTADO FEDERAL DE BISAYAS
ROQUE LOPEZ PROCLAMATION, JANUARY 2, 1899
[Original in Spanish. Contemporary copy. P.I.R., Books. B.4.]
JARO, January 2nd, 1899,
I, Roque Lopez, by the will of the people and of the Liberating Army,
President of the Council of the Federal Statae of the Visayan Islands; do
That military operations are being carried on in the pueblos and
mountains of this the Province of Iloilo by a Chief of our Army, Colonel
Quintin Salas, for the purpose of insuring public order, protecting the lives
and assuring the peace of families, and guarding their interests; and for
this purpose he is pursuing evildoers and those fanatics vulgarly known as
Babaylanes and Pulajanes who commit robbery and pillage, and even
murder, to the great dishonor of the Revolution. But whereas I have
ever adhered to those humanitarian principles to which the conduct of all
true Filipinos should be made to conform:
Now, therefore, as President of this Federal State, I call upon all who
may see and understand these presents to know that all persons given to
the shameful occupation of evildoers, or who are Pulajanes or Babaylanes,
may present themselves within the 48 hours following the publication of
this edict to said Colonel Salas, or the Local Presidentes and Military
Chiefs, or the Police of any particular locality, with the assurance that
they will be pardoned and taken under the protection of the law, and that
their lives, interests, and liberties will be respected, with the sole condition
that they present themselves every eight days before the Local Authorities
until further orders. Should they fail to do so, then they will be pursued
by the operating military forces, by all the agents of the' Government,
and by honorable citizens until they are completely exterminated and such
as are taken prisoners will be subjected to a summary court martial in
accordance with the Code of Military Justice.
Given in the Presidential Headquarters of the town of Jaro, on the
2nd day of January, 1899.
President of the Council of the Federal State of the Visayan
Chief of the Government Committee.
A true copy.
(Signed) M. JALANDONI.