Exhibit 1314.

[Original in Spanish. A.L.S. P.I.R., 52.6.]

To the Secretary of War.

I transmit herewith a copy of the documents that I have sent to Manila for the Commissioner to Negros, in order that you may retain them on file in your office.

Yours affectionately,

(Signed) AP. MABINI.

MARCH 23, 1899.

[Copy referred to.]

This National Government having received the information that the Cantonal Government of the Island of Negros had submitted to the conditions imposed by the American forces for the occupation of said Island, and in connection wherewith they are now occupying the Capital of the same;

And whereas, if such information be true, this National Government cannot approve the conduct observed by the Cantonal Government, as the latter has acted without its knowledge and consent and without considering the wishes the citizens of the Island;

And whereas, the Island has been abandoned by the Cantonal Government and left in the hands of foreigners, it becomes the duty of this Government to look to the safety and independence of the same and the liberty of its inhabitants;

In fulfillment of the sacred duties imposed by God, by my honor and patriotism, to fight for and secure the independence of the Philippines Islands unto death, I hereby commission Sr. Zoilo Mauricio to organize, in the event that the former Cantonal Government of the Island of Negros has actually admitted the American forces, another government to direct and establish the necessary defense in order to prevent the total occupation of the Island, and, if possible, drive the enemy's forces from the same, said Commissioner being given for the purpose the powers inherent in a Superior Military Commander of the Island and that to punish the members of the former Government by court martial, unless, repenting of their past conduct, they should effectively aid in carrying out the provisions herein contained.

MALOLOS, March 23, 1899.

The President of the Republic.

The President of the Council of Secretaries.


1. The government suggests to General Juan Araneta and invites him in a friendly manner not to put a blot upon his brilliant reputation by an act unworthy of a Filipino. Should said General renew his allegiance to the National Government with all the forces under his command, he shall retain his office and the rank of Brigadier General.

2. For the cause of the Philippine nation, the submission of the Government of Negros to the American forces, without a show of reo sistance or even a protest, is a terrible blow, because it has broken the national unity. This act, in view of its importance before foreign. nations, may be considered as' real treason.

3. The loyal forces of Negros must see to it that the population does not expose itself needlessly to the attacks of the enemy. They shall abstain from taking the offensive until they have sufficient arms, confining themselves to preventing the extension of American occupation.

4. We must endeavor to have the powers understand that all the Filipinos are completely united by the common aspiration for independence, and that the American forces are able to occupy only a portion of our territory due to the superiority of their elements of warfare.

5. And above all, the Commission must suppress with a strong hand all kinds of abuses, always remembering that if the inhabitants find greater guaranties of safety to their persons and property under the American forces, they will not make any sacrifices to have their own government.

Do not * * * (illegible) of the Americans and learn of the abuses and acts of force they have committed and continue to commit in the City of Manila. They must understand that no country has been able to secure its liberty and independence without much fighting and more sacrifices.

MALOLOS, March 23, 1899