LUKBAN TO LOCAL PRESIDENTES, MARCH 29, 1900
[Original in Spanish. Contemporary copy, P. I. R., 882. 1. ]
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS OF MATUGUINAO, March 29th, 1900.
To the Local Presidentes appearing on the margin:
The cowardly enemy continues to maraud along the coasts. They
disembark from time to time to burn and sack towns and deprive the
poor and peaceful inhabitants of the little they possess. You should,
therefore, make numerous pits and set pointed canes, steeped in poison,
in the bottom of the same (balatic), and other strategic devices as did
the worthy people of Pambujan. When the enemy disembarked there
150 strong, many of them fell into those pits and the rest became so
affrighted that they fled precipitously to their ship. The defense made
by that town greatly demoralized and terrified the enemy.
This heroic deed clearly confirms my proclamations of February 4th
last, wherein I stated that when the people want to defend their rights
of which the enemy would deprive them, there is not an army in existence
that can conquer them. Consequently I shall not repeat. Continue
to play tricks on the enemy, be constant in war, and continue to plant
rice. Thus can the weak fight the strong. All men and women that
can not serve should go into the interior and cultivate rice and other
edible plants and attend to the maintenance of those who are fighting
in the town and in the centre.
VICENTE LUKBAN, General.