Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

July 5, 1942

During the past week, a good number of Filipino prisoners of war were released by the Japanese Army. According to reports, those released are the sick and wounded, or those captured in places which are already under control. Their number has risen to more than 1,200. This fact would mean that the ratio of sick prisoners is alarmingly high.

The newspapers admonished the released prisoners to be grateful for the generosity of the Japanese High Command and to collaborate with the new regime. The further release of prisoners, they added, would depend on the attitude of those released earlier.