(1870 - 1917)
colonel of the Revolutionary army, lawyer, hacendero,
and philanthropist, Quintin Salas was born on
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.