Diary of Victor Buencamino

June 10, 1942

Death.

Forty-four persons shot to death for violation of military laws.

The death sentences, it was announced, were carried out on June 7. Eleven others were merely given severe penalties.

The Imperial Forces announced that those who commit crimes against the military laws will be punished severely and without the slightest mercy.

Saw several people trembling as they read the papers.

Among those sentenced were the following:

Juanito Acosta, who was connected with the remnants of the Fil-American forces in Northern Luzon and “who spied on the operations of the Japanese forces.”

Cornelio Pagindian and nine others, who listened to news broadcasts from America, England, Australia and other forbidden stations and who spread and enlarged anti-Japanese propaganda among the people.

Juan Operario, saboteur, who set fire to a Japanese warehouse, reducing most of it to ashes.

Federico Antido, who wounded a Japanese soldier.

HEROES.