While Batangas had its own share of these outlaw bands, Cavite had even more so because there were so many forested lands to hide. Even as life returned to a semblance of normality in Batangas after the Philippine-American War and many of the outlaws in the province were either killed or captured, it was not entirely safe from brigandage because of its proximity to Cavite.
Early in 1905, in a move to put an end to these groups of outlaws, the then-Governor General of the Philippines Luke E. Wright issued Executive Order No. 6 suspending the writ of habeas corpus in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. The contents of the executive order are provided below, extracted as it has been from the 1905 Report of the Philippine Commission Part I1.
|Filipino revolutionaries surrendering to the U.S. Army. Image digitally extracted from the 1905 publication “An Observer in the Philippines: Life in Our New Possessions.”|
Notes and references:
1 “Report of the Governor of Batangas,” Part 1 of 4 of the 1905 Report of the Philippine Commission, by Gregorio Aguilera Solis, published 1906 by the Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department, in Washington D.C. by the Government Printing Office.