Memo from Masilungan to Folsom on Anomalous Roster, November 1945 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore Memo from Masilungan to Folsom on Anomalous Roster, November 1945 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Memo from Masilungan to Folsom on Anomalous Roster, November 1945

The San Jose Batangas Guerrillas was another unit in the province of Batangas that fought the Japanese under the banner of the large guerrilla organization called Fil-American Irregular Troops, commanded by the former United States Army Col. Hugh Straughn until he was caught and executed by the Japanese. The San Jose unit was commanded by one Amado Masilungan. In this document1 Masilungan wrote to Lt. Col. Charles W. Folsom, Commander of the Folsom’s Fil-American Guerrillas, about the alleged anomalous rosters submitted to the United States Army for recognition.

Guerrilla Files

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Hq. 4th Bn. 1st Inf. Regiment

27 November 1945
: Anomalous Roster of Troops, Correction, Request for
: Lt. Col. Charles W. Folsom
Chief Commander, Fil-American Guerrillas

1. It has come to the attention of the undersigned that the roster of troops of the 4th Bn., 1st Regiment, Fil-American Guerrillas, Batangas District, has been submitted to the Hq. AFWESPAC for recognition of the unit, without the knowledge and consent of the recognized organizer and leader, Major Amado Masilungan.

2. It has been noted that the roster does not include true members of the organization, men who actually fought, suffered and died in the fighting against the enemy.

3. The following names and pertinent data, with corresponding ranks, indicate that the roster of troops has been prepared and submitted with intention to enlist men and women by fraudulent means:

a. Lt. Col. Jose C. Aguila from San Jose, Batangas
Major Alfredo C. Aguila brother of above
Capt Fernando C Aguila brother of above
Capt Briccio C. Aguila brother of above
Capt Felizardo C. Aguila brother of above
S/Sgt Luisa C. Aguila sister of above
Sgt Carlos C. Aguila sister of above
b. The following are brothers-in-law of Col. Aguila
1st Lt Gabriel Salazar - Residence - Manila
1st Lt Cesario M. Grau [unsure, blurred] - Asst. National Treasurer of the Philippines - Residence - Manila; not member of the unit.
Brothers-in-law of Maj. Alfredo C. Aguila who are not seen or known in this town as follows:
2nd Lt Artemio T. Natividad - Residence - Pasay
2nd Lt Ricardo T. Natividad - Residence - Pasay
1st Lt Pacifico T. Natividad - Residence - Pasay
Capt Rosalinda T. Natividad (MD), wife to Maj. Alfredo C. Aguila
d. 1st Lt. Jacinto Lazaro, brother-in-law of Capt. Fernando C. Aguila, has not been a member of the unit.

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e. The following officers are not known in this unit:
(1) 1st Lt Pablo C. Remo
(2) 1st Lt Alberto C Remo
(3) 1st Reynaldo Palileo - Co. B, 1st platoon
(4) 1st Lt Jose V. Neri
(5) 2nd Lt Angel de Jesus - Hq. Co., 3rd Bn.
(6) 2nd Lt Simeon Lumaki, 3rd Platoon, Co. B.
(7) 2nd Lt Nona S. Sinsuat
(8) 1st Sgt Vicente Fajardo
f. [The] Following officers of close relationship to Col Jose Aguila have not served in any capacity as members of the unit:
1st Lt Alodin Makalintal (MD), Luisa Aguila, Sgt. Fe N. Gonzales, Sgt. Josefina M. Lazaro, Carlosa Aguila, Arceli Aguila, Asuncion Aguila, Alicia Aguila, Adoracion Aguila, Corazon Makalintal (Ph. Ch), Oliva and Laura Penado, Rosario Blanco, Capt. Querebe [Querube?] Makalintal and 1st Lt Horacio C. Makalintal.
4. It will be noted that the above list includes names of men and women who are one way or another related to the alleged Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Jose Aguila. It will be further noted that they occupy high ranking positions which indicate that nepotism has been the guiding principle in the preparation of the roster. The men and women listed in par. 3 b, 3 c, 3 d, 3 e and 3 f above have nothing to justify themselves as members of the organization much less with their ranks.
Civil Engineer
Organizer and Leader
4th Bn. Batangas District


Col. Pedro B. Villanueva
Lt. Col. Jose C. Aguila
Notes and references:
1 “San Jose Batangas Grlas, FAIT,” File No. 110-37, downloaded from PVAO.
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