DELGADO DECREE, MAY 25, 1899
[Original in Spanish Contemporary copy P. I. R. , Books, B. 4.]
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS OF SANTA BARBARA,
May 25th, 1899.
Martin Delgado y Bermejo, Lieutenant General of the National Army of
the Visayan Islands and General in Chief of the military operations
of the same.
Judging from the conduct of the enemy, it is evident that they intend,
at any cost, to reduce us to a state of starvation, believing perhaps
that by absolutely prohibiting both importation and exportation of native
articles of prime necessity in the town of Iloilo and hence enforcing a
complete blockade, they can succeed in establishing their sovereignty in
Our beloved soil which has so many times been drenched with the generous
blood of many martyrs, and in subduing us. For our part, with a view
to showing them, and other nations, the grandeur of our determination
in bearing all the consequences of this war, bitter though they be, until
our constancy is rewarded by the attainment of our noble ideals; and in
order to show them, further, that in carrying on this unequal struggle
we need nothing from the outside, even though it last indefinitely; I,
as General-in-chief, and in the use of the ample powers granted me by
the Government, do hereby order and direct:
1. That the purchase of any article from Europe, America, China,
Japan, or Manila, in large or small amounts, is absolutely prohibited.
2. All Local Authorities, and the Military Chiefs of detachments and
scout organizations will see to the strict enforcement of these provisions
from the day of their publication.
3. Any person who infringes the provisions of this decree in any
way whatever will be considered as a traitor to his country, and these
General Headquarters reserves the right to punish him in accordance
with the military laws in force in Luzon.
4. The inhabitants are further absolutely prohibited from selling
articles of prime necessity in the plazas of Iloilo, Jaro, Manduriao, and
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