The Intelligence Group, 3rd Batallion, 49th Regiment, 47th Division is an affiliate of the Hunters-ROTC guerrilla organization commanded by Eleuterio Adevoso and one of the largest outfits that operated in Southern Luzon during the Japanese occupation and subsequent liberation. This intelligence group operated from the then-town of Lipa and was commanded by one Jose Alex Katigbak. In this page is a transcription1 of a memorandum issued by Hunters-ROTC 49th Regiment Commanding Officer Jacinto del Pilar to the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion advising the latter of the situation in Batangas after the landing of United States Army forces on the beaches of Nasugbu.
THE HUNTERS OR ROTC GUERRILLAS
To: The Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion
Fil-Amer – 10
Cabarrubia – 25
AUSA - 6
are orders. I’m trying to swipe things around, especially food rations, and I’ll send them from time to time. Major Zagala, as Acting CO there, doesn’t know the swiping business and I am sure you’ll receive your rightful shares.
Lt. Col., Inf. Guer.
C.O., 49th Regt.
Notes and references:
1 “Intell Unit, 3rd Bn, 49th Regt, 47th Div, Hunters-ROTC,” file number 307-42, online at the United States National Archives.