Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

September 23, 1942

The military is prohibiting small vessels from making trips between Luzon and the Visayas. Could it be that they want those rebellious islands in quarantine to prevent them from contaminating the other islands? The worst part of it is that those who want to escape from that hell have no more means of escaping, except at the great risk of being accosted by the Japanese, by the guerrillas, or by the elements. A motorboat loaded with 25 Spaniards fleeing from Negros was caught by a storm and almost half of the fugitives perished.