By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 10Dec2013 (BicolToday.com) – While this country remembers December 8 as the day when Japanese air planes in 1941 dropped bombs on key targets that dragged the country into World War 11, an informant reported the discovery of a mass grave of Japanese soldiers which was undocumented among war historians.
The informant, who refused to be identified, said the mass grave was accidentally discovered in his land when he was digging up a pit to cook coconut copra.
While digging, he and his workers unearthed several skeletal remains of Japanese soldiers, including remnants of their military uniform accessories. They gathered the remains in another pit and burned them.
Farther investigation by BicolToday.com revealed that the burial site was the scene of a deadly assault by Filipino guerillas on a Japanese temporary encampment on November 23, 1942. About 30 Japanese soldiers were killed, and the guerillas confiscated rifles and ammunition, including seven (7) samurai swords and 11 (eleven) small Japanese flags.
According to the informant, a grandson of the guerilla leader, the guerillas retreated the following day when Japanese reinforcement arrived.
He said the bloody battle on their land was a follow-up guerilla attack, when 15 days earlier, the Battle of Taguilid Pass in Pamplona-Libmanan boundary occurred on November 8, 1942.
During the Battle of Taguilid Pass, about 200 Japanese soldiers were killed, including General Tanaka and Colonel Takiichi, who was provincial commander of Japanese-occupied Camarines Sur province.
After the Taguilid Pass ambush, the Japanese Army command mounted all-out offensives against the guerillas for several months.
He said one Japanese contingent encamped in their land and was ambushed by the guerillas in a night attack.
He refused to mention where his land is located and the actual location of the mass grave. “For historical purposes, I may reveal the actual site,” the informant told BicolToday.com. [BicolToday.com]