ABENIS TO LOCAL CHIEFS OF TOWNS, DECEMBER 14, 1900
[Original in Visayan. A.L.S. P.I.R., 891.7 ]
December 14, 1900.
Local Chiefs of Towns:
I have the pleasure of addressing myself to you through this letter,
seeing the condition in which you are, for many of you believe the lies
which the insurgents propagate, when you yourselves can judge by your
own consciences on seeing these conflagrations - "Who are the ones
injured in these conflagrations, those who order them, or we, the owners
and inhabitants of the town ?"
The same is true with respect to the defense of our country. Upon
what force can we count to defend ourselves, opposing the attack of
enemy? If it be with bolos, it will only be to expose our lives, and
ah, - if we are saved from the balls of the enemy, we will not save
ourselves from hunger, which is the worst enemy of man.
In regard to the independence of which you speak and to which
you look forward, -- this is very distant even now, and it even remains
to be seen if we will have it in time to come.
I have no desire to enlarge, and I only advise you to surrender
yourselves with the principals of each town, as I am awaiting them
in order that nothing may happen to them.
Do not believe the reports that the Americans have injured women ---
no, rather the contrary, because such a thing is strictly forbidden by
them --- since the Americans have not come to slay us, but to give
us tranquility, saving us from those deeds so utterly inhuman, except in
case you resist, for then you will not be pardoned, and will be shot.
BORONGAN [SAMAR], 14 December, 1900.
(Signed) MAGNO ABENIS,
[NOTE BY COMPILER. - This letter was found as an enclosure to a
letter to General Lukban in Samar, from one of his guerrilla officers.
The guerrilla reports that the "backslider, Magno Abenis, has fortunately
fallen into my hands." He does not report what disposition was made