My dear Mr. Espina:
Coincidentally, there were Japanese soldiers who were drilling in the Batangas Public Plaza at the time, and upon noticing the firing, some of these Japanese soldiers joined the pursuit, and fired at Clemino. When the running afray was noticed by the constabulary soldiers who were then stationed at the old Canent’s house, some constabulary men also came up with their guns and shot, until Clemino himself was cornered in a house backyard near to our old chum Ramon Abaya. He was just noticed to fall, and the Japanese soldiers ordered both the police and constabulary men to take the body and revolver to the garrison. The policemen put him on a carromata and reported the fatal incident to the garrison, and it was but natural that his 45 revolver was taken by them. Aside from this gun, nothing was taken from his body but his cap, jacket, which was taken by his brothers in law. As to who exactly killed Clemino, I cannot be positive, as all the forces who joined the melee all fired at him.
[Sgd.] R.L. Perez
Mr. George B. Espina
Notes and references:
1 “GHQ, Batangas Force, FAIT,” File No. 110-3, downloaded from PVAO.