Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

Thursday, April 16, 1942

Coné came early in the morning, and while he was with us Dr. Bernas arrived very excited and agitated saying that the Japanese were in the city (Iloilo). They came in very silently at night and the people did not know until they saw them on the streets. Many civilians were caught unprepared for the invasion and I am very much afraid Suzie Gurrea is one of them. Those that ran or tried to escape were shot, if you remained where you were and had no firearms, you were not molested.

The Acting British Consul was tortured, shot and buried in the backyard of our former house on Commission Civil in Jaro. The British Consulate had been moved there during the war. Two other men were shot in the Mijares garage.