Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

July 25, 1942

The search of houses is intensified. In Binondo, the dog-like police follow the trails of wanted persons or things useful to the enemy. The interrogations are terrifying.

The procedure is to herd the occupants of a house and keep them in a room while a thorough search is being made of the house. Fortunately, however, the searchers do not destroy or confiscate anything which is not offensive.

I talked to the son of Mayor Morató. He confirmed the news that his father and other government officials were arrested yesterday. The Japanese believe that there are many hidden firearms in Quezon City and that Mayor Morató had a hand in them. The young Morató was however confident that his father would be released once his innocence is proven.