Certifications by Lt. Commander George F. Rowe on the Major Phillips Unit - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Certifications by Lt. Commander George F. Rowe on the Major Phillips Unit

The Major Philips Unit was a guerrilla unit that was founded and operated in or around western Batangas town of Calatagan. It was commanded by one Emilio Macabuag and took its name from a United States Army intelligence officer from whom the guerrilla outfit took directions until the latter was caught and killed by the Japanese. In this undated document1, one Lieutenant Commander George F. Rowe, a United States Navy intelligence officer, certified that Macabuag and his outfit reported to him after the capture of Major Philips, after whom Macabuag’s group was named.

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I hereby certify that the claims of bona fide guerrilla activity and of cooperation with Major Phillips’ Intelligence Party as made by Emilio Macabuag and his men are substantially true and correct.

My party relieved that of Major Phillips after the elimination of a part of his Unit by the Japanese forces.

Emilio Macabuag then reported to me for further instructions. His cooperation was capable, willing and information furnished by him proved to be reliable.

All claims relating to the rescue of Americans, aiding in the installation of radio stations, etc., are true and correct.

Lt. Cmdr. USNR

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June 17th, 1947

I hereby certify that I have read the statement of Captain Emilio Macabuag with regard to his services with Major Philipp’s intelligence party and later to the party under my command.

Through hearsay and confirmation by ex-members of the Philipps’ party, I believe that his statements with regard to his services to that party are substantially correct.

Concerning his services to my party, Capt. Macabuag visited my camp on Mindoro many times bringing information that was of value to my operation. He was mainly responsible for the capture of a Japanese known as “Johnie” whose information regarding the enemy dispositions in Batangas proved of great value to [the] Western Visayas Task Force.

Captain Macabuag served my party to the best of his ability and I found him reliable, trustworthy and placed a high value on his various services.

Lt. Comdr., USNR

George F. Rowe
File No. 115529
Lt. Comdr. USNR
c/o Philippine Operations, Inc.
Filipinas Bldg.
Manila, P. I.

Notes and references:
1 “MAJOR PHILLIPPS UNIT,” File No. 83, downloaded from PVAO.

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