Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

August 4, 1942

An executive order was issued prohibiting the use of Spanish in the courts. These past years, Spanish had already been banished from the administrative branch, but continued to be used in the legislature and judiciary. Since there is no more legislature, the prohibition of its use in the judiciary practically banishes Spanish from the official life of the Phillipines. The tribunals have already rejected many pleadings submitted in Spanish.

Such is the fate of the language of Cervantes after almost 400 years of official recognition in this country. Nobody mourns its death, at least, not in public.