Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

January 2, 1942

The Japanese have entered Manila, but not a single Japanese soldier can yet be seen in the streets, and the looting has become still [portion missing]

 

Shortly before 10:00 A.M. Colonel Hernández of the Constabulary came, telling us that he would be at City Hall at 10:00 A.M. to surrender his forces and his arms to the Japanese. He asked for our prayers and our blessing so that he would not falter. It was a very touching scene.

Very few really know anything about the entry of the Japanese forces. It is said that some officials have occupied the most important offices. In the afternoon, motorized troops moved through Rizal Avenue and Taft Avenue. There were very few of them and they had not fired a shot. Later in the afternoon, the Japanese officer ordered the police to patrol the streets with fixed bayonets to put a stop to the lootings.

The occupation of Manila could not have been more peaceful. The people are keeping to their homes with total indifference to the occupiers. Only a number of Japanese, released the day before from their concentration, greeted the incoming forces with “Banzai’s” which were barely heard except by their victorious countrymen.

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