Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

September 1, 1942

A storm is coming up from the south. A low pressure area was plotted over the Visayas, particularly Negros and Panay. The prosperous island of Negros Occidental, one of the few spared from devastation, is being overrun by the apocalyptic horsemen of war, namely the bandits. Those who had fled from the storm related that, with the withdrawal of the Japanese troops from almost all the towns, armed groups are increasing in number, and pillaging is growing rampant. The armed bandits hold up and rob buses and vehicles. Because of this, communication have been cut off among towns. The bandits have burned a number of sugar centrals, houses of well-to-do residents and some towns which were not guarded, killing a number of people about whom no detailed information has yet been received.