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  Further Resistance
and More Conversions

After the northern towns had been pacified, those of the south started to gird for a long-drawn resistance. In Iguig, Magalad and a younger brother, goaded on by their mother, led the people in protesting against the imposition of tribute and forced labor. They drove away from town those whom we would call today 'doves', and sought out the 'hawks' in neighboring villages for a concerted resistance against the new rulers who were already steadily advancing to the upstream communities. After skirmishes and pitched battles, the Spaniards succeeded in taking the Magalad brothers captive, but instead of dealing with them harshly, they deported them to Manila. The Dominicans had them brought back to Cagayan to serve as an object of lesson for their policy of attraction. This show of kindness did result in many new conversions, although Magalad carried on his protest against the tributo and polo. A reinforcement from Manila, led by Capitan Chaves, brought the protest to an end, but over the dead body of Iguig's Mengal.


from Vignettes About Cagayan and the Cagayanos
by Msgr. Domingo Mallo-Peņaflor



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