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December 31, 2017

Lt. Banog's Intelligence Report on Jap Atrocities in Rosario, 20 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 Lt. F. C. Banog filed an intelligence report on Japanese atrocities being committed in the town of Rosario, Batangas in February 1945.

U S A F F E
BATANGAS UNIT
ROSARIO REGIMENT
In the Field

Feb. 20, 1945

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

1. On or about 8:00 a.m., February 18 [or 16, blurred], 1945, two trucks of Japanese infantry soldiers, about 30 in number, armed with rifles and one machine gun, raided barrios Mahanadiong [not sure, blurred], Taysan and Maalsas, Rosario, Batangas, killing two innocent women and capturing 15 others. The captives were brought to Lipa, Batangas, and had not returned up to the present writing. It is presumed that they were all killed.

2. On or about 2:00 a.m., Feb. 18, 1945, procurement troops of the Japanese Forces, numbering about 30 men, armed with rifles and one machine gun, arrived in Lumang-Bayan, Rosario, Batangas. Four work animals were confiscated in barrio San Miguel (Balete). Three women were raped in this barrio.

3. Without any untoward provocation on the part of either the civilians or this unit, the Japanese continue on these wicked activities.

[Sgd.] F. C. BANOG
1st Lt. Infantry
Regt’l S-2

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1st Indorsement

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TO: COMMANDING OFFICER, USAFFE, BATANGAS UNIT

1. Forwarded for information and appropriate action.

[Sgd.] ISAAC D. FAROL
Lt. Col. Guerrilla Inf.
Regimental 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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