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January 7, 2018

Certification on Contributions to War Effort by the Geronimo Guerrillas, January 1947

The Geronimo Division was a guerrilla outfit operating out of the then-town of Lipa. Its request for official recognition was subsequently denied by the United States Army. In this document1, several persons signed in a notarized document to certify about the contributions made by the Geronimo Guerrilla outfit to the guerrilla movement and subsequent liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation in World War II.

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C E R T I F I C A T I O N

KNOW ALL MEN BY THIS PRESENTS:

WE, the undersigned, all of age, Filipinos, and residents of Batangas Province, Philippines, do hereby and jointly and severally certify under oath the following:

That we have personal knowledge of the existence of the BATANGAS UNIT, 4th Bn., 143rd Infantry, Gen. Geronimo Division, MMD, ECLGA, under the command of the late Lt. Col. Ceferino Melo, which outfit had been actively operating in various sectors of Batangas Province, Philippines, and had contributed valuable and meritorious services for the promotion of the underground resistance movements against the enemy, more particularly the disseminating of anti-Japanese news or propaganda, intensifying sabotage and espionage work, giving food, medical care and protection to thousands of civilian evacuees, and engaging the enemy in actual combat during the Japanese occupation and during the liberation of the Philippines by the American Forces.

That the members of the said unit, 4th Bn., 143rd Infantry, Gen. Geronimo Division, MMD, ECLGA, had been attached to several American outfits which liberated especially the province of Batangas.



That the officers and enlisted men of the said outfit had rendered full-time service and established [a] continuity of command since the date of its organization sometime in 1942 up to June, 1945.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we hereunto signed this presents at Lipa, Batangas, Philippines, on this 24th day of January 1947.
Sgd. Mr. Ramon Kalaw
Sgd. Mr. Lorenzo Quizon
Sgd. Mr. Paulino Loisaga
Sgd. Mr. Manuel Mista
Sgd. Mr. Wenceslao Aquino
Sgd. Mr. Simeon Lalucis
Sgd. Mr. Aquilino Macu
Sgd. Mr. Aguido Chavez
Sgd. Mr. Isidro Lirag
Sgd. Mr. Isidro Cabrera
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE me this 24th day of January, 1947, at Lipa, Batangas, Philippines, Affiants having exhibited their Residence Certificate Nos. as follows:
NAMES
1. Mr. Ramon Kalaw
2. Mr. Lorenzo Quizon
3. Mr. Paulino Loisaga
4. Mr. Manuel Mista
5. Mr. Aquilino Macu
6. Mr. Simeon Lalucis
7. Mr. Wenceslao Aquino
8. Mr. Aguido Chaves
9. Mr. Isidro Lirag
10. Mr. Isidro Cabrera
NUMBER
A-2343458
A-1900662
A-1770063
A-1770033
A-1003618
A-1663748
A-57206
A-2024467
A-2024252
A-2343427
DATE ISSUED
May 2, 1946
October 12, 1947
January 1, 1947
January 6, 1947
June 13, 1946
Sept. 12, 1946
January 14, 1946
March 4, 1946
February 21, 1946
May 1, 1946
PLACE ISSUED
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Batangas, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
SGD. BALDOMERO B. REYES
Notary Public
Until December, 1948

Doc. No. 50
Book No. XVIII
Page No. 24
Series of 1947

I, BALDOMERO B. REYES, a notary public in and for the province of Batangas, Philippines, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that I have compared the foregoing copy of certification made on the 24th day of January 1947, by the abovementioned persons and acknowledged before me on the 24th day of January, 1947, with the original of the said certification, and that the foregoing is a full, true, and correct copy of the original.



IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my name and affixed my official seal this 26 day of March, 1947.

[Sgd.] Baldomero B. Reyes
Notary Public
Until December, 1948

Doc. No. 197
Book No. XVIII
Page No. 64
Series of 1947

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Notes and references:
1 “4th Bn, General Geronimo’s Div, MMD, ECLGA,” File No. 308-91, downloaded from PVAO.

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