FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
HEADQUARTERS, PALLOCAN, BATANGAS, BATANGAS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR GUERRILLA WORK
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We all thought that there was no hope to [unreadable] my faith was strong and I never faltered in my faith. Fortunately, the Jap MP’s made up their minds to go back to town when they could not dig up any information from me. They left me very weak indeed and I said very weak indeed. I was not able to do my work for a long time and most of all, I complained of my throat which was pressed with bamboo and even iron. I was not taken to the garrison, but every now and then, rumors came that I was to be arrested again like the others. After this arrest, I made up my mind the more to continue my work — my underground work, but I decided to make my work independent and only connected with our [unreadable] Headquarters thru Major Peña and his brother, Captain R. Peña.
the last bamboo grove in the east and there, under, sat a Jap soldier with his gun pointed at the road ready at any time to shoot at somebody that might pass that way. Cautiously the two patrols crept to the place where they could see the Jap but could not be seen by him. Then, one of them fired at the Jap, but the gun would not explode. Another shot was directed and again the gun would not fire. The other patrol took his chance and the Jap disappeared from the place after the shot. We heard the shot, and everybody in the headquarters rushed to the place and help to locate the missing Jap. We found him behind the banana stump ready to fire at one of my men with his back on him. But some of my other men were able to kill him before he could do any harm. We got a rifle and a helmet from this one. We hunted the other two and we found them in a ravine nearby. They made a fight but very soon, they were killed without killing or wounding any of us.
Notes and references:
1 “First Batangas Regt, FAIT,” File No. 110-60, online at the United States National Archives.