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December 31, 2017

Captain Carandang's Report on Jap Activities in Batangas, 26 February 1945

The Luansing Unit Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas were commanded by one Galicano Luansing and known loosely as the “Luansing’s Unit.” This guerrilla outfit was at one time or the other during the Japanese occupation affiliated with the Fil-American Irregular Troops and also the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas. By the time the Allied forces return to the Philippines, it was operating independently. This unit assisted the United States Army in campaigns against the Japanese forces from Balayan, Batangas Town, Lipa, Rosario and San Juan. In this document1, one Capt. Teborcio Carandang filed a report on Japanese activities in Rosario, Lipa, Cuenca, San Jose and Taysan.

UNITED STATES PHLIPPINE ISLANDS FORCES
BATANGAS GUERRILLAS
Office of the Regt’l Commander
In the Field

26 Feb. 1945

SUBJECT
To
: Intelligence Report
: The Regimental Commander, Rosario Regiment, USAFFE

1. That from 19 Feb. 45, the Japs from Lipa were patrolling in the town of Rosario with the strength [of] from three (3) to seven (7) men. Since 23 Feb. 45 up to the present, no events have happened in the poblacion of Rosario or Taysan.

2. In the vicinity of Lipa, almost all the civilians evacuated south of Rosario. Lt. Col. Paran. Guer. Inf. gave orders to all civilian population to evacuate from Lipa. At present, civilian massacre in Lipa is still going serious and killing these youths and old people, malapropes or unmalapropes and innocent or not innocent, especially girls were raped by the Japs and were even blindfolded in case they wanted to kill them.

3. That this was also done in the towns of San Jose and Cuenca.

4. That aside from the said patrol parties, no Japs appeared in Rosario. These said patrol parties arrived sometimes in Rosario between 6:00 & 7:00 a.m. and leave for Lipa between 4:00 & 5:00 P.M.

5. That supplementary report for the compliance to the order and instructions of Capt. C. N. Schommer, US Army, will be submitted later.

[Sgd.] TEBORCIO CARANDANG
Capt. Guer., Inf.
C. O., Hq. & Hq. Co.

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– 1st Indorsement –

HEADQUARTERS, ROSARIO REGIMENT, USPIF, BATANGAS GUERRILLAS, 26 Feb. 45
TO: COMMANDING OFFICER USPIF, BATANGAS GUERRILLAS

1. Forwarded for information and appropriate action.

[Sgd.] ISAAC D. FAROL
Lt. Col., Guer., Inf.
Regt’l Commander


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Notes and references:

1 “Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas,” File No. 63, downloaded from PVAO.


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