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December 30, 2017

Affidavit of Vitaliano Luna on the San Jose Batangas Guerrillas' Leadership, February 1946

The San Jose Batangas Guerrillas was another unit in the province of Batangas that fought the Japanese under the banner of the large guerrilla organization called Fil-American Irregular Troops, commanded by the former United States Army Col. Hugh Straughn until he was caught and executed by the Japanese. The San Jose unit was commanded by one Amado Masilungan. In this document1, one Vitaliano Luna attested to the real leadership of the San Jose Batangas Guerrillas, which was being anomalously challenged by one Jose Aguila.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROVINCE OF BATANGAS

A F F I D A V I T

I, VITALIANO O. LUNA, a practicing physician and pharmacist, of legal age and a resident of San Jose, Batangas, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby depose and say:

1. That to my knowledge and belief, Civil Engineer Amado A. Masilungan, also of this municipality, is the organizer and partly financier of a guerrilla unit in the western part and some other parts of the town of San Jose, Batangas. There is also another organizer that I know in the eastern and southern parts of this town which is Mr. Pedro Kalalo;

2. Further, that to say to my knowledge and belief, there are no guerrilla leaders in this town during the Japanese occupation up to the liberation and after other than the abovementioned Engineer Amado A. Masilungan and Pedro Kalalo;

3. And that I had seem them with their respective guerrilla followers patrolling their sectors to maintain peace and order in the vicinity and doing intelligence work.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I HEREUNTO sign my name this 25th day of February, 1946, at San Jose, Batangas, Philippines.

[Sgd.] VITALIANO O. LUNA, M.D.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 25th day of February, 1946, at San Jose, Batangas, Philippines. Affiant exhibited to me his Res. Cert. No. A-66340, issued in San Jose, Batangas, Philippines, on Feb. 21, 1946.

[Sgd.] [Unreadable]
NOTARY PUBLIC
Until Dec. 31, 1946.

Doc. No. 67

Page No. 56

Book No. IV

S. of 1946.



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Notes and references:

1 “San Jose Batangas Grlas, FAIT,” File No. 110-37, downloaded from PVAO.


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