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December 31, 2017

Sixto Guerra's Recommendations to the Guerrilla Affairs Section, US Army

The Ibaan Regiment was one of many units of the Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT), a large guerrilla group founded by the former US Army officer Hugh Straughn, that was operating in Batangas during the Japanese Occupation. It was commanded by one Sixto Guerra. In this document1 Guerra, having been informed by the United States Army that it was not possible to give recognition to the entire regiment, wrote back with recommendations.

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FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
BATANGAS GUERRILLAS
IBAAN REGIMENT

SUBJECT

TO

: Recommendation and Request for

: Guerrilla Affair Section    (Attention: Guerrilla Affairs Section)

As per verbal instructions received from that office, I have the honor to submit the following recommendations:

1. If that office believes that the recognition of the whole IBAAN REGIMENT is not possible, may I request and recommend that in lieu thereof, the recognition be accorded to the roster of the BATTALION I had submitted to THAT office.

2. Should the first mentioned request and recommendation not meet that approval of that Office, then may I request and recommend confirmation or promotion, as the case may be, of the true and former guerrilla ranks of the officers and men included in the recognized list of the 101 men of this regiment.

3. Should the first and second recommendations abovementioned not meet approval of that Office, may I request and recommend that my two Staff members, Manases G. Reyes and Quintin B. Hernandez, included in the recognized list of 101 men only as staff sergeant and corporal, be recognized as of their true and actual guerrilla ranks, actually held by them during our entire period of attachment, that of Regimental S-1 and Regimental S-2, respectively.

4. Bases for the recommendation:

5. That these officers and men actually served the 188th Para-Glider Inf. by way of rotation and performed the following missions: active patrolling, enforcement of road blocks, guarding of perimeters, campaign against the Japanese in Lapo-lapo (please refer to attached certifications of Lt. Col. Mortimer Okane). These officers and men were actually attached and served the 127th Abn. Engr. Bn. Co. “A,” and performed the following missions: construction of bypasses, roads and bridges, security guides for reconnaissance unit, security for construction groups and guards for bridges, fords and bypasses. (Pls. refer to attached certification of Capt. Manford Cannary. CO. 127th. Abn. Engr. Bn. “A” Co.

6. That those included in the list of 101 men were recognized not in accordance with their and lawful guerrilla ranks. I wish to respectfully invite your attention to the footnote of the roster of the 101 men specifically attesting that the ranks mentioned therein are not their rightful ranks and their true ranks are shown in a separate roster.

7. That special recommendation is hereby given on behalf of Manases G. Reyes and Quintin B. Hernandez, on the following grounds:

(a) That the first officer mentioned actually served the 11th Airborne Division-188th Para-Glider Inf., as Regimental S-1 of our unit and has been the Acting Regimental Commander of this unit in the absence of the Regimental Commander and his Executive Officer during the period of attachment.

(b) That the second mentioned officer actually served the 11th Airborne Division (188th Para-Glider Inf.) as Re-

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gimental S-2 of this unit and has been attached to the 11th C I C Detachment (APO 468) in that capacity, during our entire period of attachment. (Pls. refer to certifications of 11th ABD CIC Detach. APO 468).

(c) That their special training and qualifications warrant that these two officers be recognized accordingly in view of the fact that that first name officer is a holder of two degrees, Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Laws (A.A. and L.L.B.) and presently the PCAU Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Ibaan, Batangas.

(d) That the second named officer is also a holder of the Associate in Arts degree, and has been designated as Acting Municipal Mayor and Secretary of the city of Ibaan, Batangas.

(e) That the length of service of the two officers concerned to this unit, dates as far back as the year 1943 during the initial period of organization of this unit.

(f) That, in justice to these officers concerned, may I respectfully reiterate the recommendations set forth above.

[Sgd.] SIXTO M. GUERRA
Lt. Col.
Regt’l Comdr.
Ibaan Regiment
Processed as Captain, P.A.


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Notes and references:

1 “Ibaan Rgt Fil-Amer Batangas Guerrillas FAIT,” File No. 110-6, downloaded from PVAO.


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