Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

December 12, 1941

Newspapers and the radio announced a Japanese landing in Legazpi, Albay. Some of our friends had sent their families to that province, believing it out of danger. Now they are worried and there is no way of finding out how it is with their loved ones.

The daytime raids continue. We were left in peace at night. The evening seem to be very long because we take our supper at six in the afternoon and we are not allowed to put on the lights unless our windows are hermetically covered with cloth or black paper. Woe to those who are careless. A shot would take care of those lights! The people are so scared they dare not even light a cigarette. The pilots knew the map of the city better than the majority of us.

The editors and the staff of the DMHM (El Debate, Mail, Herald, Mabuhay), the four dailies which are being printed in the adjourning block, asked us for refuge during those raids. We conceded, giving them access to the secretarial offices where they could install their telephones and their typewriters. However, the periods of warning signals are so frequent and prolonged—sometimes more than two hours—that they almost have no time to work on their newspapers. We are kept abreast, nevertheless, of the latest developments.

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