ESTADO FEDERAL DE BISAYAS MEETING
KABATUAN (CABATUAN, ILOILO), FEBRUARY 17, 1899
[Original in Spanish. D. S. P. I. R., Books C.6.]
KABATUAN [PANAY], February 17th, 1899.
Meeting held in Kabatuan, at 10 o'clock a. m., February 17th 1899.
Present: the Councilors and ex officio members appearing on the margin,
citation having been previously sent them in due form.
The President and Vice President being absent, Sr. Yusay, as Senior
Councilor present, presided. The meeting was called to order and the
minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved in all their parts.
Councilor-Commissioner of State, Sr. Ramon Avanceņa was, at his
own request, given the floor and stated, for himself and for Sr. Adriano
Hernandez, both of whom had been commissioned to Manila, that they
arrived in Manila on the 29th of last month, on a Sunday night, and commenced business on the following day. On Tuesday morning, the 31st
they, in company with Sr. Gregorio Araneta, were presented to the Honorable
Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, President of the Philippine Republic;
and, as an humble tribute of gratitude and admiration to the Liberator
of the Philippines, he wished to say that they had been received by him
with paternal tenderness and affection, and that words can not describe
his extraordinary gifts; while even in his most insignificant actions the
hand of Providence, which points the road to happiness for his country,
He went on to state that they presented their credentials and stated
the object of their mission, which was heard with kindness and interest.
He also stated briefly to Seņor Aguinaldo the colossal achievements of the
revolutionary forces in this region, all the way from conspiracy to triumphant
accomplishment, and that it was evident that Providence was with
us. He then pictured in relief the most important events. On the whole,
he said, it was plain to him and his companion that our President had not
lost track of our revolutionary movement; in fact, he was posted on many
of the facts, and considering the distance that separated us, they could
not have been better understood by him, great though his interest might be.
Concerning the principal object of their mission, Seņor Aguinaldo,
after hearing them, referred them to his Council of Secretaries who had
charge of such matters for its action. They were then presented to Seņor
Mabini, President of the Council, who received them in the same fraternal
spirit and heard them with the same interest.
The matter was taken under advisement by the Council, and, after
extended conference, in which the President of the Republic took part,
instructions were prepared which, however, they did not bring with them
as they had been turned over to Sr. Jose Ner who had not been able to
make the voyage with them due to the outbreak of hostilities with the
Americans on the 4th ins. and to other difficulties that arose after he was
On the 3rd inst. their business at Malolos was terminated the result
of which, as has been stated, was the instructions which were to serve as
a further proof of the interest the authorities took in this region.
On the following day, Saturday, they, in company with Sr. Ner, went
aboard the Uranus, Sr. Ner taking the instructions with him but the ship
could not leave port and they were obliged to spend the night aboard.
About nine o'clock that night there was heavy small-arm and artillery
firing in the direction of Caloocan, and on the following day, Sunday, it
was reported aboard that Uranus, which was at anchor in the bay that
hostilities had broken out with the Americans. About 12 o'clock of the
same day, without rhyme or reason, some American soldiers came aboard
and took them ashore. They presented to these soldiers the permits given
them by General Miller, commanding the American troops in the Bay of
Iloilo, authorizing them to visit Malolos to consult with their Government;
but these papers did not suffice, so they had to submit to this outrage.
Once ashore, they were cast into prison and kept there until Thursday
morning, when General Otis gave them an audience. In view of the papers
they presented from General Miller authorizing them to make the voyage
to Manila, they were sent aboard the American transport, San Pablo,
the same on which they had come to Manila, with directions to be turned
over to General Miller. Friday night (the 10th inst.) they arrived in this
bay, and on the following day, Saturday, they were brought before General
Miller aboard the transport Newport. Scarcely had they exchanged a few
words with the General when the American cruiser Petrel, which was
anchored in the Bay of Iloilo in front of the fort, began firing. The alarm
spread aboard the Newport and other vessels. The Petrel continued to
bombard the city, and the Newport joined with rapid-fire guns. About
an hour later a fire sprang up in the center of the town, and it continued
to spread until the greater part of the city was in flames. About 11
o'clock in the forenoon of the same day they were sent aboard a lorcha
along side the Newport, in care of Sr. Chiene, and thence they were taken
in the same lorcha to Guimaras, Salag, and thence to Navalas. On the
following day, Sunday, at 12 o'clock, they went ashore at Bito-on (Leganes).
True, they had been outraged; yet they were happy in their providential
escape from the bombardment.
They then presented two letters, one from Sr. Aguinaldo and the other
from Sr. Buencamino, both of which were addressed to Sr. Melliza, which
Whereas they had not brought the instructions for the reason that Sr.
Ner had not been taken prisoner with them; and whereas they had heard
nothing from since the morning of the 5th inst., Sr. Avanceņa decided to
give the context of said instructions from memory, which is as follows:
1. Oath to uphold the Constitution;
2. The organization of the entire region of the Visayan Islands into
one General Command;
3. The appointment of the Commanding General to be made by three
Military Delegates from Panay, two from Negros, and one from Kebu
4. Organization of a Council of Delegates for the Visayas Islands to
consist of Delegates from all the Provinces, two from each, to be presided
over by the Commanding General;
5. Delegates to be appointed by the Provincial Council and the Military
Chief of the respective Provinces.
In each Province there will be a Military Chief immediately subject
to the orders of the Commanding General.
Sr. Avanceņa wished it understood, however, that in thus giving the
text of the instructions, they should not rely entirely on his memory.
After listening attentively and with great interest to Sr. Avanceņa's
remarks, the Council resolved unanimously that a vote of thanks be extended
to Srs. Avanceņa and Hernandez for the thorough discharge of
their delicate and difficult mission, and, also, in view of the sacrifices
they had made and the sufferings through which they had gone at Manila
and in the Bay of Iloilo.
After considerable deliberation, the Council passed the following resolutions:
1. In view of the instructions from the Malolos Government, which
were delivered to Sr. Ner, as stated by Sr. Avanceņa, and which may be
at hand any moment, it has been decided to await said instructions and
duly carry them out as soon as they arrive. * * * [Relates to reimbursements.
4th and last article: All Local Presidents of this Province are cited to
appear on the 24th inst. to confer concerning the will of the people with
There being no further business before the meeting, the session was
regard to a definite attitude towards the war now commenced against the
closed and these minutes were drawn up and signed by all present.
To all of which I, the secretary, certify.
(Signed) JOVITO YUSAY,
(Signed) RAMON AVANCENA.
(And four other signatures.)