Issue of September 8, 2019
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15 Ifugao war veterans feted posthumously in WWII V-Day
by Daniel B. Codamon / PIA

Fifteen World War II veterans were honored posthumously during the 74th WWII Victory Day Anniversary celebration at the Kiangan War Memorial Shrine on Sept. 2.

The awards were handed by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines Vice President, Lt/Gen. (Ret.) Raul Urgello assisted by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office representative PAF Col. (Ret.) Agerico Amagna, Gov. Jerry Dalipog, and Police Brig./Gen. Jesus Cambay, Jr. of  the Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police.

The plaques of recognition for the 15 awardees were received by their widows or their kin.

Leading the list was Sgt. Atanacio Manghi whose award was received by his wife Estrella.

Manghi joined the resistance movement as a rifleman on Jan. 1, 1944 and assigned to “B” Company, 11th Infantry, USAFIP-Northern Luzon whose unit covered the mountain provinces that launched an offensive against the Japanese forces which saw the annihilation of 102 Japanese officers and men.  

Staff Sgt. Henry Binwag rendered wartime military service on Dec. 13, 1941 as a member of the HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army that defended the eastern portion of Bataan. His widow Conchita received his plaque.

Antonio Bilibli of the 11th Infantry, USAFIP-NL was a rifleman who participated in libera-ting several towns of Benguet and Ilocos Sur against the Japanese before reinforcing the USAFIP-NL units in the Battle of Besang Pass in Ilocos Sur. His plaque was received by his wife Dominga.

Corporal Tomas Ngayawon joined the “M” Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry of the USAFIP-NL on Oct.1, 1944 as a rifleman and his unit successfully expelled Japanese forces in Cagayan, Aparri, and Tuguegarao that helped in the collapse of the northern defenses of the enemies and eventually led to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita’s surrender.

Corporal Lacmay Sarol was assigned to the Intelligence Service Company of the 11th Infantry as an operative on Nov. 2, 1944. His unit provided timely intelligence report which led to the 11th Infantry’s victory in the battles of Babuyan and Mayoyao.

Private Benjamin Buyuccan of “C” Company, 11th Infantry was a rifleman who assisted in the final sieges against the Japanese forces in the Battle of Mayoyao which served as a signal to the fall of Yamashita’s northern defense perimeter.

Private Peter Morado of the HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, USAFIP-NL was also a rifleman whose unit was given the responsibility over the provinces of Babuyan and Aparri defeating the 500 Japanese troops followed by the deadly siege of Tuguegarao and the collapse of Yamashita’s defenses in Mayoyao.

Private Antonio Pinkihan, a rifleman of the “E” Company, 14th Infantry, USAFIP-NL together, with his unit continuously initiated intelligence operations in Northern Luzon and provided Allied Forces with weekly report on the various activities of the Japanese troops that helped make the liberation of the provinces in Northern Luzon easier.

Private Felipe Pinkihan of the “A” Company, 14th Infantry, USAFIP-NL was involved in the various combats in Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya in an effort to harass the Japanese occupational forces and their Filipino collaborators sabotaging their installations and killing enemy troops.

Private Pablo Puguon as rifleman of the “E” Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, USAFIP-NL together with his unit conducted important operation during the liberation period such as destroying enemy concentrations in Paniqui, Tarlac and Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya and the battle around the Hapid Airstrip in Ifugao.

Private Lumaday Ullani of the Land Communication Company, 11th Infantry Unit coordinated the attacks on the northern mountain provinces which led to the victory of the guerilla forces and the decimation of the northern defenses of Yamashita.

Private Manuel Buyayo, Sr. rendered military wartime services under the 121st Infantry which served as the guerilla group’s Shock Troopers that quickly dispatched Japanese forces they meet as they marched from town to town in Northern Luzon.

Private Mauro Carino as rifleman of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry contributed to the liberation of Cagayan Valley and in neutralizing enemy forces in the eastern part of the Cordilleras including the liberation of several towns in Isabela.

Private Nazario Gano served as member of the Hospital Company, 7th District, USAFIP-NL and his unit was among those who treated the wounded and sick guerilla fighters as well as civilians during the Japanese Occupation.

Private Miguel Guimbatan of the Hospital Company, 7th District, 11th Infantry also treated fellow guerillas that were wounded and those who contracted diseases in battles as well as civilians.

Since 1991, the local government of Kiangan  has been leading the  commemoration of  the surrender of  Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita to the joint Filipino-American forces under the command of Captain Grisham of the 6th U.S. Army at the Home Economics Building of the Kiangan Central School on  Sept. 2, 1945 before he was flown to Baguio City where he signed his formal surrender papers on Sept. 3, 1945 ending World War II in the Asia Pacific.

Cambay, an Ifugao, urged all Filipinos inside and outside the country to take cognizance of this momentous event.  He also asked the government to make this occasion a national holiday because of its significance. 

Sept. 2 is a non-working holiday in Ifugao.

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