Claro had been married for two years to a fellow hacienda worker. He was not known to be active in any political activities until he joined the welgang bayan.
“I must die for my native land. I hope one of my brothers would take my place in the struggle because this is for the national liberation of the Filipinos (Kinahanglan panginmatyan nako ang atong yutang natawhan. Kong puede man lang anaay usa sa akong mga manghod nga mosunod sa akong paghimakas, kay kini para sa kahilwayan sa pangabuhi sa tanan).”
He was an active prayer leader of the Kristohanong Katilingban and a member of the parish youth organization.
“I don’t mind if something happens to me. We have but one life. If I die, I only ask that you find and bury my body. I need to join this struggle to achieve our national freedom (Dili bale kon may matabo kanako, ka yang kabuhi tagsa ra man. Kon mamatay mang gyod ko pangitaon lang ninyo aron hiposon, kay gikinahanglan gayod nako ang pagpakigbisog para maangkon nato ang kahilwayan.)”
“It is better to die fighting for a cause than to die of hunger (Maayo pa nga mamatay nga magtindog sa paghimakas nga nagsulong sa kawsa, kay sa mamatay nga magtikongkong sa kasakit sa gutom),” were the words Angelina told her mother Flora before she left to join the welgang bayan.
Alex was a resident of Barangay Mabini, in Cadiz City, 18 years old, single and an hacienda worker since he turned 15. He was 11th among the 12 children of Maurecio and Jovita Labatos.
At 14 years old, Rovena was the youngest of the 20 fatalities in the Escalante massacre. Rovena was single, an hacienda worker, and a native of Sagay town. She was the 2nd of five children of Bernaldo and Tessie Franco, both hacienda workers.
Rodney and his family lived in Sitio Nabiga-a, Barangay Lopez Jaena, in Sagay town. He was the father of two, a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Three other children had died by malnutrition.
Michael was a native of Brgy. Fabrica in Sagay town, 17 years old and single, and an hacienda worker. Little else is known about him.
William was a native of Barangay Mabini, in Cadiz City, 18 years old, single, and an hacienda worker since he was 13 years old.