The classes of people mentioned in that early age by our brother Plassencia (besides that of chief or dato) are three, as follows.
This is the kind of dato that they now prefer, not him who has the spirit to command.
Night after night the evening gun in the besieged fort sent forth its mocking challenge: still the dato made no motion.
In regard to judicial matters, all complaints were brought before the dato of the barangay (district) for examination.
dato Grande assembled his council, and they awaited the coming of the soldiers with misgivings.
They did not pay tax or tribute to the dato, but must accompany him in war, at their own expense.
Piang, no dato can boast of a grander court than Ganassi, eh?
Moreover, when the dato went upon the water those whom he summoned rowed for him.
And yet the captains of his fleet cared not for the gold, so long as the mighty dato saved his honor.
Haughtily dato Kali Pandapatan faced the newcomers and bade them speak.