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January 1, 2018

Letter from Isaac Farol to Emilio Bolaños, February 1945

The President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG) was a guerrilla organization which fought the Japanese in World War II. The guerrilla outfit was among those that operated in Southern Luzon, including Batangas. It had many units in the province, one of which was in the eastern Batangas town of San Juan. In this February 1945 document1, one Lt. Col. Isaac Farol wrote to Lt. Col. Miller, pseudonym for Emilio Bolaños of the San Juan Regiment of the PQOG, inviting him to join the guerrillas of Batangas in a unified fight against the Japanese.

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In the field

8 – Feb. – 1945

Lt. Col. Miller
San Juan, Batangas

S i r :

The time has come when the fruits of our painstaking efforts and labor are almost within grasp, almost within the realm of realization. We are at present duly recognized and inducted in the United States Armed Forces in the Far East with its general headquarters in Nasugbu, Batangas, under the command of General Kruegger, in charge of the 6th Division. [General Walter Krueger was Commander of the United States 6th Army – Batangas History, Culture and Folklore.]

Being our comrade-in-arms for a long time, almost 5 years fighting against our common foe, the JAPS, and knowing that you are a Batangueño in name and in heart, how would you like to join us for and unification and solidity of all accredited guerrillas in the whole province of Batangas? If the idea is agreeable to you, please notify us and at the same time form your regiment and incorporate them in BATANGAS UNIT, USAFFE, under the command of General Kruegger, and we will be very much willing to include your regiment in our roster to be submitted to the High Command.

Very truly yours,

Commanding Officer


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Notes and references:
1 “1ST BN, SAN JUAN REGT., I CORPS, PQOG,” File No. 271-21, downloaded from PVAO.

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