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January 7, 2018

Affidavit of Apolinario R. Apacible on the Tuy Unit FAIT, March 1946

The Fil-American Irregular Troops, otherwise known simply as FAIT, was founded by the retired US Army Colonel Hugh Straughn and was made up of US Army soldiers and Filipinos who refused to surrender to the Japanese in 1942. Although primarily operating in Rizal Province, the guerrilla outfit also operated in Batangas, including the town of Tuy. In this 1946 document1, an affidavit is signed by Apolinario R. Apacible with information relevant to the Tuy Unit of the FAIT.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES
MUNICIPALITY OF TUY
PROVINCE OF BATANGAS

A F F I D A V I T

I, APOLINARIO R. APACIBLE, PA, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of the municipality of Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, after being duly sworn to in accordance with law, depose and say as follows:

1. That I was the Executive Officer of the Fil-American Irregular Troops, 6th Regiment, Tuy Unit, organized by the late Major Domingo A. Tuguigui and Major Vicente Calingasan;

2. That I know that the officers and men in the roster of the Tuy Unit of the Fil-American Irregular Troops are bona-fide members of the said organization;

3. That the appointments and oaths of the officers and men of the organization which were then in the possession of Major Domingo A. Tuguigui, organizer, were burned and destroyed immediately after his arrest for the protection and safety of the organization;

4. That the members of the Unit were active in the campaign against the enemy particularly against Japanese spies; maintenance of peace and order and the protection of the civilian population;



5. That due to the loss of command due to the news of the arrest and execution of our organizer, Major Domingo A. Tuguigui, the Unit was affiliated to the Blue Eagle Command on October 15, 1944;

6. That in the fusion or attachment to the Blue Eagle Command, some of the officers and men of the Fil-American Irregular Troops of the Tuy Unit were not included due to the lack of time and the lack of adequate means of communication;

7. That notwithstanding our attachment and induction into the Blue Eagle Command, the non-affiliated and non-inducted members of the Tuy Unit of the Fil-Irregular Troops which was organized by Major Domingo A. Tuguigui on September 3, 1942, suffered likewise untold sufferings and sacrifices for the cause of democracy and freedom, under the risk of losing their own lives and beyond the call of duty before and during the liberation.

AFFIANT FURTHER SAYETH NONE.

[Sgd.] APOLINARIO R. APACIBLE

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this 10th day of March, 1946, at Tuy, Batangas, Philippines. Affiant exhibited his Residence Certificate No. A-59182 issued at Nasugbu on Jan. 21, 1946.



[Unreadable Signature]
Notary Public
Until Dec. 31, 1946

Doc. No. 26
Page No. 6
Book No. II
Series of 1946

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Notes and references:
1 File Number 110-63, Tuy Unit FAIT, United States National Archives, downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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