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I find it interesting that the article does not discuss the brutal Japanese occupation of the Philippines (those soldiers were there for a reason) and the rape of Manila. It only states that there was "fierce fighting" during the liberation. Were these men involved in any atrocities? Maybe, maybe not. The article should have at least raised that possibility.
Shouldn't the press refer to these men as "insurgents"? That's the correct term these days, yes?
A possible scenario is that these dudes were deserters who chose to stay in Luzon rather than go back to a defeated Japan. Or not to be so harsh as to call them deserters, perhaps they simply decided to stay in place at wars end. I hardly doubt they've been waging a guerrila war or laying low in the bush all these years waiting for their buddies to come rescue them.
Not the last hold outs, just the latest discovered, and MAYBE the last. Cheers!
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