Back in 2009 the Philippine Court of Appeals invalidated a number of documents produce be those connected with the Tallano claim. You can read that decision by clicking on this photo. Among those documents was OC=01-4 and its derivatives. All were declared fraudulent.
But is that good enough?
Can I trust lawyers to establish the authenticity of a document in the absence of a forensic document examiner’s report and an analysis by a historian. I have a reason for not doing so: Until the mid-1990s or so, one outright fraud, the Code of Kalatiaw, produced by a known fraudster called Jose E Marco, and a document misrepresented as the early evidence of pre-hispanic treaties were required studies in Philippine law schools.
For decades not a single law student or professor had noticed, for instance, that a fort mentioned in the Code of Kalantiaw post-dated the supposed provenance of the code. Not one had noticed that the Maragtas was note based on ancient documents – the original publication says that those documents were not readable.
That being the case, I do not regard the dismissal of the OCT/Protocol 01-4 as in any way evidential without a report from a forensic document examiner and a historian familiar with the period. Since the document has not been made available for such examination it is unwise to draw any conclusion from a mere legal case.
Since we can only go by the sole document every presented in court, a supposed translation, then that is what we must look at.
:et us begin with the reference to Hacienda Filipina. Despite more than 300 years of Spanish government and reports from monks and friars, no reference to Hacienda Filipina appear anywhere in the Ultramar archives in Villadolid or in any Spanish era documents in the Philippines.
The reference comes suddenly, out of the blue, in one single document, OCT -01-4.
There are references to Hacienda Filipinas, the fiscal and financial affairs of the Spanish colony, but none whatsoever associated with a King og Luisong or a Kingdom of Maharila.
So the sole existence of the Tallano Hacienda Filipina is to be drawn from the single document, OCT-01-4.
All other references to Hacienda Filipina post date 1 January 1764. And none of those documents have been examined, either.
As of this moment, then, there is nothing to suggest that the nation Hacienda Filipina ever existed and no verified validated documents to show that it did.
So, let us move on to King (of) Luisong.
To be continued
, know as the Maragtas