The Lobo Unit, USAFFE Guerrilla was originally considered by the United States army as part of the Pandita Area, DI Combat, Free Luzon Area, 6th Military District guerrilla outfit under the command of one Danny Flores. The mother organization was not favorably considered for recognition by the United States Army. However, among the files of this unit submitted to the United States Army is a series of “editorials” which, while not created by anybody from within the unit, were probably disseminated not only among guerrillas but also the civilian population in Lobo to keep the morale high. Thus, it provides great historical value and is included among the files of this unit. This document is part of this series, although the editorial number (14) appears to be erroneous in the face of other editorials also transcribed in this web site.
E D I T O R I A L
VOL. III, NO. 14
12 March 1944
“No man can serve two master, for he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
– ST. MATTHEW 7:24
The unreserved loyalty of the Filipinos was proven pure; snow white without scar or blemish in the Battles of Bataan and Fort Mills, Corregidor. That loyalty has remained and will always remain true to all of the Filipino people.
In no other period of Philippine History is that loyalty paramount to everything else than today, when their very existence, future and DESTINY are at stake. Either they survive or perish in this present conflict.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. A people or nation divided against themselves cannot stand and survive. They will perish and face extinction from the Map of the World.
There must not be any room for doubt regarding the loyalty of the Filipinos to us. However, for the few misled and misinformed, we are addressing to them the RADIOGRAM2 OF GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, which we print below. United we stand; divided we fall. We will always stand; and we will never fall. Let us all join hands and be together in this titanic struggle.
We are giving them time and opportunity to change their poisoned minds and dirty lives.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
PLEASE CONVEY TO MEN REFERRED TO YOUR THREE EIGHT SEVEN AS SPONSORING SECRET ORGANIZATION AMONG PEOPLE OF LUZON CMA3 AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE JOINED WITH THEM CMA MY WARM PERSONAL WISHES AND GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOYAL AND UNSWERVING DEVOTION TO THE CAUSE TO WHICH WE ARE EQUALLY PLEDGE PD4
TELL THEM THAT I COUNSEL A PERIOD OF QUIET AND CAUTIOUS ORGANIZATION OF MEN WHOSE LOYALTY IS UNQUESTIONED AGAINST TIME THAT MY OWN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE WILL CONTACT AND DIRECT THEM PD
TELL THEM THAT I HAVE ABIDING CONFIDENCE IN THE ASSURANCE OF ULTIMATE VICTORY BUT THE TIME INTERVENING OF CONTINUED SUFFERING UNDER ENEMY OPPRESSION WILL DEPEND IN LARGE MEASURE ON THE SUPPORT THAT THEY AND OTHER PATRIOTS WILL GIVE WHEN I CALL FOR IT PD
TELL THEM THAT I TRUST ALMIGHTY GOD WILL GIVE THEM THE COURAGE CMA THE FORTITUDE CMA AND THE WILL TO MEET THE TEST THAT LIE AHEAD IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERTY PD
Notes and references:
General, U.S. Army
“Pandita Area, Free Luzon Intelligence Echelon, 6th
MD, [Folder 4],” online at the United States National Archives.
A radiogram is a telegraph message sent by radio.
CMA means comma (,).
PD means period (.).