119 years ago this month

Fortunately, we have a photocopy of the petition given to us in the year 1993 by Fr. José Luis SÁENZ, OAR from the Archives of Augustinian Recollects in Marcilla (Navarra), Spain.

The copy of the petition letter, signed in October 1899 by the residents of Dumaguete, Bacong, and Sibulan, was sent to Brig. General (James F. Smith), Military Governor of Negros Island at the time.

Excmo. Sr. Mayor Gral. de los EE. UU. en Filipinas His Most Excellency, Major General of the United States (Philippines)

Los que suscriben, vecinos de los pueblos de la Isla de Negros que abajo se expresan, por íísí y en representación de los habitantes de los mismos, ante V. E. con el más profundo respeto se presentan y exponen:

The endorsers, residents of the towns of the Island of Negros, in their own and in the name of the inhabitants of the same, with deep respect, manifest before Your Excellency:

Que los religiosos que desempeñaban la cura de almas en estas Parroquias, obedeciendo órdenes de su Superior, motivada al parecer por los acontecimientos ocurridos recientemente en este Archipiélago se vieron precisados a abandonar los pueblos que tanto celo venían administrando, y por cuyo adelantamiento moral, religioso y aun material – justo es confesarlo – se han sacrificado constantemente.

That the religious who used to minister the care of souls for these parishes, obeying the orders of their Superior, caused seemingly by the recent past events in this Archipelago, were forced to leave the towns that with so much zeal they were administering, and, for whose moral, religious and even material progress – truth to tell – they have always sacrificed.