Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

September 5, 1942

For quite some time now, a demolition team of the Department of Public Works has been doing the work of tearing down the walls which were spared by the bombing of Intramuros. We asked the foreman why and he explained that the military authorities fear that the walls may pose a threat to passers-by during storm and earthquakes. The explanation is far from convincing, as these walls are solid and well-constructed.

Hardly had we started to satisfy our curiosity when we saw a fleet of military trucks hauling not only the stones but also the gravel. The damage being caused to the owners of these structures is great, considering that when times will get better, they could reconstruct their residences on these walls, or at least, they could sell the stones which, though not of granite, include some pretty big and well-cut pieces.