As an eyewitness, Felipe
narrates his first-hand account of the Balangiga
massacre and its Aftermath. He recalls his ambivalent roles as a
teenage Filipino houseboy of the massacred Company C. Tipped by his friends, he
did not tell Capt. Connell about the plot. During the attack, he fought with
them, fleeing with the surviving Yanqui soldiers to Basey. His insurrecto
brother Victor took him to the Sohoton camps, throwing him to the other side of
the conflict. In the brutal retribution campaign by the Americans to turn
Samar into a “howling wilderness,” he witnessed the cruel treatment of his
compatriots, the tortures, the killings, and the summary executions of Maj.
Waller’s mutinous cargadores, including his brother, Waller’s accused would-be
assassin during the Lanang-Basey march. These atrocities shocked the conscience
of America, leading to the court-martial of the General in command, the
operations Major and his lieutenants.