The Progress of the Filipino People Toward Self-government

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Ginn, 1908 - 28 pages
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Page 71 - And provided further, That if at the termination of any session the appropriations necessary for the support of the government shall not have been made, an amount equal to the sums appropriated in the last appropriation bills for such purposes shall be deemed to be appropriated; and until the Legislature shall act in such behalf the Treasurer may, with the advice of the Governor, make the payments necessary for the purposes aforesaid.
Page 49 - ... him. . . . When these people give or lend anything to one another the favor must be repaid double, even if between parents and children, or between brothers. At times they sell their own children when there is little need or necessity for doing so. "Privateering and robbery have a natural attraction for them. Whenever the occasion presents itself they rob one another, even if they be neighbors, or relatives...
Page 52 - ... Archipelago is, at this day, in point of wealth, power, and civilization, in a worse state than when Europeans connected themselves with them three centuries back. The Philippines alone have improved in civilization, wealth, and populousness/ When discovered most of the tribes were a race of half-naked savages, inferior to all the great tribes, who were pushing, at the same time, an active commerce, and enjoying a respectable share of the necessaries and comforts of a civilized state. Upon the...
Page 49 - ... do not even try to become wealthy, nor do they care to accumulate riches. When a chief possesses one or two pairs of earrings of very fine gold, two bracelets, and a chain, he will not trouble himself to look for any more gold.
Page 49 - ... palms, which are very abundant; and from these same trees they obtain also oil and vinegar. In the mountains there are wild boars, deer, and buffalo, which they can kill in any desired number. Rice, which is the bread of the country, grows in abundance. Therefore they are afflicted by no poverty, and only seek to kill one another, considering it a great triumph to cut off one another's heads and take captives.
Page 59 - ... course of affairs. . . . One may accompany the course of Progress in three ways, ahead of her, side by side with her, and behind her Well now, we in the Philippines are traveling along at least three centuries behind the car of Progress ; we are barely commencing to emerge from the Middle Ages. . . . The strife is on between the past, which cleaves and clings with curses to the waning feudal castle, and the future, whose song of triumph may be faintly heard off in the distant but splendrous glories...
Page 65 - The municipal treasurer shall be appointed by the provincial treasurer, subject to the approval of the provincial board, and may be removed from office by the provincial board, for cause. Each municipal treasurer shall render a monthly account...
Page 68 - Of the 620 justices of the peace in the islands in 1905, 124 resigned, and 29 were removed for cause. One hundred charges were proven against justices of the peace during the year 1905, of which 23 were for extortion, 17 for breaches of financial trusts, 12 for various kinds of " graft," and 39 for the common crimes of abusing power, including the malicious ordering of arrests.
Page 71 - Cf. act no. 1582 USPC , entitled "An act to provide for the holding of elections in the Philippine Islands, for the organization of the Philippine assembly, and for other purposes,
Page 59 - The experimental sciences have already given their first fruits; it needs only time to perfect them. The lawyers of today are being trained in the new teachings of legal philosophy; some begin to shine in the midst of the shadows which surround our courts of justice, and point to a change in the course of affairs Look you: the press itself, however backward it might wish to be, is taking a step forward against its will. The Dominicans themselves do not escape this law, but are imitating the Jesuits,...

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