HomeTambaravol. 28 no. 1 (2011)

Three Modes of Governance for Mindanao, 1900-1920

Eric S. Casiño

Discipline: Political Science, Law



Paper presented at the 31st National UGAT Conference, 22-24 October 2009, Cagayan de Oro City.


The Americans have come here [Mindanao] to teach and convince these people that all men are born free and equal and that there is no such thing as inherited caste or privilege. The working out of this doctrine and the enforcement of it means the upsetting of the whole system of tribal and patriarchal government among the Moros. 


- 1902 report of General W. Davis, Commander of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu (quoted in Go and Foster 2005, 136)