(ca.1550 - 1596)
Datu Ubal, a Muslim
chieftain, accomplished in Buayan near the present town of
In 1591, Rodriguez entered
into an agreement with the Spanish government in
At Buayan, the set of government of the powerful Rajah Silonga, Rodriquez landed his men on April 25. Master-of – camp Juan de la Xara led them alone , They landed with ‘little order ‘ for they had never fought with the natives of Mindanao and so they thought of an easy victory against them.
Disgusted at this manifest lack of military discipline. Rodriguez landed from his flagship to instill some order.”He went clad in armor so strong that a change from an esmeril (small piece of ordinance) would not pass through it. Only his head was unarmed, but covered with a cap and plumes , while anegro carried his helmet he that he might be less impeded by his movements .He was accompanied by well –armed soldiers. He had not taken more than fifty steps, when an Indian named Ubal suddenly ran out of some dense tufted thickets and, attacking him with his campilan cleft open his head. ”Rodriguez fell from his wound and died three days later.
The conqueror of Rodriguez was an unknown man for there is a dearth of written materials about him . Bartolome Leonardo de Argensola furnished the following information.
Datu Ubal was a brother of
Rajah Silonga, then the most powerful chief in the Pulangi river valley. He was
the owner of the only cow in
Datu Ubal was said to have acted so swiftly that he sound of his campilan on Rodriguez’s head and the rushing sound of his appearance were heard at the same moment. The soldiers accompanying Rodriguez fell upon Datu Ubal and cut him into pieces. He died in the act of protecting and defending his land. Master-of –camo Juan de la Xara ordered the withdrawal of all his men.
If Rodriguez had not been
killed, he would have taken