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December 29, 2017

Documents in Support of the Triumvirate Guerrillas' Application for Recognition

The Triumvirate Guerrillas was a purported guerrilla outfit that operated in Lemery, Taal and San Luis with its headquarters in the last town. The organization failed to gain official recognition from the United States Army and was even accused of being a fake organization. In this page1 are transcriptions of various documents submitted by this guerrilla unit to the United States Army as supporting documents to its application for official recognition.

[p. 1]

January 22, 1946

Colonel H. L. Shaftoe

Guerrilla Affairs Section

AFWESPAC

My Dear Colonel:

This will serve to introduce Captains Diokno and Salazar of the Triumvirate Guerrillas, San Luis, Batangas.

These officers are making serious attempts to have their Unit recognized and I believe their cause just and worthy of your attention. The gentlemen mentioned above have in their possession a certificate signed by me stating their qualifications.

Very truly yours,

[Sgd.] GEORGE F. ROWE
Lt. Comdr. USNR

gfr/ep

[p. 2]

C E R T I F I C A T E
*********************

I hereby certify that the Triumvirate Guerrillas of San Luis, Batangas were of great assistance to the Intelligence Unit in Mindoro commanded by myself.

The Triumvirate Guerrillas were able to furnish my command much information relative [to] the enemy that proved of great value to the U. S. Forces. They acted as a control station for the various Intelligence Parties going to and from Manila.

At all times during the period of August 1944 to February 1945, I found them to be ready and willing to cooperate in any way possible.

[Sgd.] GEORGE F. ROWE
Lt. Comdr. USNR

[p. 3]

HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC
G-3, GUERILLA AFFAIRS BRANCH
APO 707

9 November 1946

SUBJECT

TO

: Information Re Guerrilla Unit, San Luis, Batangas

: Commanding General, AFWESPAC, APO 707
   (Attn: G-3, Guerrilla Affairs Branch)

1. The undersigned, formerly Commanding Officer of the East Central Luzon Guerrilla Area, while proceeding to Mindoro for a conference with Major Phillips in the latter part of February 1944, passed through the town of San Luis, Batangas where he was given a great deal of aid and consideration by the guerrilla unit there led by the Diokno Family.

2. The undersigned has no knowledge of the strength or individual composition of the abovementioned unit. However, the valuable aid rendered by this unit to the undersigned materially aided him in accomplishing his mission.

[Sgd.] EDWIN P. RAMSEY
Lt. Col, Cav

[p. 4]

USPIF
MANILA BARRION’S DIVISION
G.H.Q.
Manila

C E R T I F I C A T E

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

This is to certify that I know personally Lt. Col. Narciso Diokno of the TRIUMVIRATE GUERRILLA Battalion of Taal, Lemery, and San Luis, Batangas.

The TRIUMVIRATE GUERRILLAS had been very cooperative with our organization since the early part of 1944 until the liberation of Luzon by the American Forces.

The said unit furnished us food and transportation facilities and gave us protection during all our stops in San Luis in the course of our Manila-Mindoro missions. Its men helped us transport such valuable things as transmitters, arms, and ammunition, which we obtained from Mindoro, from San Luis to Manila.

Furthermore, the TRIUMVIRATE GUERRILLAS gave us vital information regarding enemy strength, installations, and movements in Batangas from time to time, which information had been transmitted to Lt. Comdr. George Rowe for transmission.

The services of the TRIUMVIRATE GUERRILLAS to the cause had been very commendable.

[Sgd.] D. BARILEA @ BARRION
Colonel

[p. 5]

A. P. O. 75
16 March 1946

To Whom It May Concern:

This will serve to introduce Mr. Pedro B. Diokno, Mayor of San Luis, Batangas Province, who had been especially cooperative during the recent operations in that area. Any assistance given him will be greatly appreciated.

(SGD) M. D. RISDON
Captain, Field Artillery
U. S. A.

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] LEO B. DIOKNO
Major, Triumvirate Guerrillas




APO C-70
3 April .45

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

With the help of Mr. Pedro B. Diokno, Mayor of San Luis and his ORGANIZATION, it was possible to have returned to 183rd Q. M. Ldry. Det., property stolen. This deed is greatly appreciated by all involved.

(SGD) SGT. Henry A. Flechner

(SGD) Cpl. E. F. Clark
183rd Q. M. Ldry. Det.
APO 70

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] LEO B. DIOKNO
Major, Triumvirate Guerrillas

[p. 6]

24 June 1945

Received from Capt. Amado Diokno, San Luis, Batangas

1. Hvy Machine Gun

1. Machine Rifle

1. Airplane Machine Gun

to be turned over to the tech. Intelligence Base “R” S-2

(SGD) HENRY K. LEBBING
C. T. C.
Batangas.

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] LEO B. DIOKNO
Major
Triumvirate Guerrillas

Note:

The above Japanese arms were captured by our men in the fight in Bagong Tubig and Balongay, San Luis, Batangas.



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Notes and references:

1 “Triumivate Guerrillas,” File No. 112, online at the United States National Archives.


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