Diary of Victor Buencamino

February 3, 1942

“Stiff penalties for profiteers,” says the Tribune. Good. Profiteers feed on misery. Their lives must be made miserable. The worst kind of birds are scavengers. Profiteers are scavengers.

Price of rice today for sellers: ₱6.80 as paid by J. T. David in Bulacan. ₱7.00 as paid by Mariano Tinio in Nueva Ecija. Many of my friends have congratulated me. They say “All commodities have gone up except rice.”

Effective tomorrow, market dealers will be paid a salary of ₱60 a month, according to Mr. Noya.

If we fail to procure enough rice, the Japanese supervisor stated that the Army may import rice from Japan.

I believe that as long as we don’t have to feed the Japanese Army, we can take care of feeding ourselves.

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