ESTADO FEDERAL DE BISAYAS MEETING, JANUARY 15, 1899
[Original in Spanish. D. S. P. I. R . , Books C.6.]
JARO [PANAY], January 15, 1899.
Meeting held in the city of Jaro at 7 o'clock, p. m., of the 15th of
January, 1899. Present: the Councilors and Generals appearing on the
margin, they having been previously cited in due form.
The President opened the session, whereupon the minutes were read
and approved in all their parts. The Secretary then read the letters
addressed to Generals Martin Delgado and Pablo Araneta by the President
of the Philippine Republic, Seņor Emilio Aguinaldo, in which he
expressed the greatest satisfaction at the firmness displayed by the
inhabitants of Ilollo regarding the unjust pretensions of the North·Americans
in desiring to occupy the garrison, which resistance excited the
admiration both of natives and foreigners. The appointment of General
Pablo Araneta by the Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo as General-in·Chief of
the Expeditionary Forces was also read. After this the two Manifestos
of the 5th and 8th of January of this year were read; also, a telegram
from Seņor Felipe Buencamino, Secretary of Fomento of the Philippine
Republic to Sr. Raymundo Melliza, Councillor for Leyte, in which he and
the inhabitants of Iloilo were congratulated for having checked the course
of the Americans in their ambitious designs. It was resolved that this
telegram should be answered. It was also resolved that copies of acts
relating to the policy outlined by this Government, which had not already
been forwarded, be sent to the Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo.
Sr. Benito Lopez, the bearer of these letters, was then given the floor
and related how enthusiastic the Tagalogs were over the stand made by
the inhabitants of Iloilo against the demands of the North Americans.
There being no further business before the meeting, the session was
closed and these minutes signed by the Councilors and Generals present.
To all of which I the General Secretary, certify.
(Signed) R. LOPEZ,
(Signed) JOVITO YUSAY,
(And six other signatures.)