(1870 - 1917)
colonel of the Revolutionary army, lawyer, hacendero,
and philanthropist, Quintin Salas was born on
Before the outbreak of the Revolution, Salas was the teniente mayor and then capitan municipal of Dumangas. In 1898, he was appointed by the Spanish government as commander of the militia to confront the American forces.
when Philippine Revolution against
On September 15, the committee ratified in a meeting held in Jaro his appointment as one of the chiefs of the revolutionary forces. When he was appointed by Roque Lopez as the second chief of the northern zone of Iloilo, he organized a battalion. He enlisted the help of the Pulahan leader, Hermenegildo Maraingan, and his 350 men. During the baptismal party for his daughter, all the men in Dumangas who committed themselves to the revolution re-affirmed their vow, including the militia and the company of volunteers organized by the Spaniards.
When the underground activities of Salas was discovered by the Dumangas parish priest and municipal captain, he decided to launch the revolution in the towns of the northern zone, even if the long awaited arms from Luzon had not yet arrived. His forces that included his brother Jose attacked sitio Kabug in Banate with arms secretly taken from the Dumangas town hall.
From Kabug, they went to Ugasan where he set up his headquarters. Here, they were attacked by the guardia civil and part of the volunteers from Barotac Viejo under Angel Tupas, whom he invited to join the revolution. He repulsed them.
The next day, on their way to Anilao, his forces engaged in two-hour fight against 94 guardia civiles led by the Spanish captain. The Spaniards fled to Anilao from where the captain sent a letter proposal to him a pardon he obtained from General Diego de los Rios. In reply, Salas invited the Spaniard for a conference in sitio Palypay, but the latter did not show up.
When the Spaniards retook Dingle, he was named in the command of all the troops gathered in sitio Lingod: three companies from Dingle, a company from San Enrique. With these forces, he was able to hold on to the rebel post at Lingkod and strengthen and protect Dueñas from the fire threatened by the Spanish engineers.
the plans drawn up by him, all the prisoners in the jail of Pototan were able
to escape, forcing the Spanish forces in the town to flee and concentrate to
the latter part of October to
November 10, he was sent to Balantang outpost to put order to the demoralized
troops there. Upon his advice, the rebel quarters were transferred to
He and his 800 men were among the first to occupy Jaro, which was evacuated by General Diego de los Rios. He then met with foreigners like the second chief of the house of Joskin and representatives from the Casa Lizarraga and received letters of thanks for having preserved order in the town.