The Passing of Spanish Dominian

Source:
Forbes-Lindsay, C. H.: The Philippines under Spanish and American Rules. Philadelphia, 1906: pp. 161-200

The Form of Spanish Administration

The supreme head of the Spanish administration of the Philippines was the governor-general. The commission of Legaspi authorized him to exercise judicial functions, to ,"hear, examine, and decide any civil, or criminal suit, and to administer over civil and criminal justice, in company with the officers of justice who may be appointed." For many years the judiciary formed a part of the executive government and always exercised considerable influence upon its actions.

The governor-general was invested with despotic powers. He might remove any ofiicial at will, and expel any person from the islands. On the other hand, unless these powers were exercised in accordance with the will of the priests, tlhe governor-general's tenure of office waslikey to be short, and so if he endeavored to suppress the dishonesty and malfeasance of the civil officials. The term of office of the governor-general was three years, with a salary of $40,000 per annum, and liberal allowances. This, like all other appointments in the Philippines, was subject to wire-pulling and bribery in Madrid. During later years all the civil posts in the islands were systematically farmed by the rnembers of the Cortes and other influential persons at the Spanish capital.

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