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BGEN GONZALO "Salong" L. BATAC - The first YKalinga General in the Philippine army

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Cordillera - The very first YKALINGA GENERAL and the very first Ykalinga Philippine Military Academy Graduate was World War II Veteran BGEN GONZALO "Salong" L. BATAC (USAFFE), from Poblacion, Lubuagan, Kalinga. 

A member of PMA CLASS of 1943, he served in the Second Field Artillery Regiment.  

After the surrender of his unit in Bataan, he was also forced to trek the Death March all the way to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac where he became a prisoner of war.  

Upon release from the camp, the brave soldier joined the United States Army Forces in the Philippines - Northern Luzon as a Second Lieutenant.  

He continued serving in the regular force during which he fought in the Luzon Anti-Dissidence Campaigns. 

His son, Hon. Eduardo G. Batac, a member of PMA Class of 1968, is a former Department of Defense Undersecretary for Civil Veterans and Retiree Affairs, another son, Retired Police Director, Victor G. Batac, a member of PMA Class of 1971, is one of the founders of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (known as RAM Boys), a reformist group that led the historic 1986 People Power Revolution, together with Senator Gringo Honasan and Red Kapunan. 

Another is LTC Vicente G. Batac, a member of PMA Class of 1986, also a member of RAM who served under the Intelligence Group during his tenure in the army.

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