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November 24, 1900, Otis Telegraphed Washington that the Claim to Government by the Filipinos can be Made no Longer

On November 24, 1900, General Otis telegraphed Washington that the claim to government by the “insurgents can be made no longer under any fiction”. Otis noted in his cable that, “the treasurer, secretary of the interior, and president of congress are in our hands, its president and remaining cabinet officers are in hiding, evidently in different central Luzon provinces, acting as bandits, or dispersed playing the role of ‘amigos’, with arms concealed”.

General Elwell Otis (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons). (

In spite of the destruction pictured by Otis, however, resistance to the authority of the United States did not cease. The Filipino troops, which had been disbanded in November 1899, were redistributed and guerilla warfare set in. This mode of fighting continued in the larger islands till 1901 and 1902. 

General MacArthur who succeeded General Otis as Military Governor of the Philippines, said that between May 5, 1900 and June 30, 1901 alone there were 1026 “contacts” between the American and the Filipino forces. As a whole, the guerilla warfare was supported by the people, MacArthur said in his report.


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