|Image digitally extracted from the 1898 publication "Our New Possessions."|
[Note to the reader: This page is a mere excerpt of the entire report and includes only content relevant to the Province of Batangas. From page 3, this transcription skips over to page 6 for this content.]
ferring to take the chance of the courts to the certainty of dogged pursuit, with the rain of bullets into the camp at dawn, that had characterized the last weeks of their outlaw life.
papers printed in Spanish and Tagalog, and barely a day passed without the publication of some article aimed against the constabulary, charging them, though usually indirectly, with abuses of the most revolting nature. Some went so far as to demand the abolition of the force and others to say that the whole constabulary was a total failure and that they would prefer to return to military service. It is believed that there was a special reason for this sudden and ill-timed attack upon those who were making every effort for the establishment of law and order and the protection of the home. Most rigid analysis of each specific case, searching methods of inspection, and severed discipline failed to disclose sufficient ground for this sudden attack. The cases cited were greatly exaggerated. In some instances, abuses had existed, and the authorities were not slow in dealing out punishment, the officers concerned where abuses were proven being discharged, and a number of men who had done no wrong were given a chance to resign, as they were considered undesirable.
1 “Report of the Department of Commerce and Police,” by W. Cameron Forbes, published 1905 as part of the “Sixth Annual Report of the Philippine Commission” by the Bureau of Insular Affairs, United States War Department.