Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 22, 1942 – Thursday

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Also warm and uneventful. I do not like this lull. I believe that their planes are busy at the front, and at Singapore. If this stronghold falls into the hands of the Japanese, they will return to continue the bombardments here. I hope that the help from the U.S. comes soon. All we need is planes. Our soldiers can tackle the Japanese, they are not good shots.

As I was sleeping in the cottage at 11:30 p.m. Major Cruz came rushing saying that President Quezon was feeling very sick and was calling me. I rushed. I found that he had a severe attack of spasmodic cough and was only relieved with an injection of Pantofon.