The Oraña Guerrrilla Unit was an independent guerrilla organization that was spawned and operated in the area of Barrio Durungao, San Luis, Batangas. It was commanded by one Jeremias Oraña In this page is a transcription1 of a lengthy communication sent by one Jose Castro to the United States Army accusing the Oraña Guerrilla Unit as being fake.
11 June 46
: For the Information
: The Commanding General AFWESPAC
left by the Japs at their camp in Durungao. Thinking that the Japs were already away, these men looted the camps of the Japs but unfortunately they were killed by the Jap guards who were left at the camp to guard their belongings. Another proof that Oraña’s unit is fake is the fact that [the] Oraña Unit alleged that Sgt Illuminado Declaro was killed in action, which is neither true. That truth is that Illuminado Declaro engaged in the business of selling thread and sewing machine needles during the Jap occupation at Alaminos and Calamba, Laguna barrios but he failed to return until now. No news about him. But it is the general belief that he was killed by some lawless persons or that guerrilleros of those towns killed him for having been suspected of being a Jap spy because they (guerrilleros) believed that selling thread and needles during those times would never make a living. Otherwise, there are some reasons for his selling thread and needles.
Yes it is true that Elias Bonsol got this Jap rifle from a Jap. It happened like this.
occupation because they had a large farm there and besides, they had a store there. Before the outbreak of the war, they were living there, and they went to San Jose, San Luis, Batangas only to visit their relatives.
[Sgd.] JOSE CASTRO
Notes and references:
1 “Oraña Guerrilla Unit,” online at the United States National Archives.