Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

September 26, 1942

There are assurances that the military authorities had sent ships with a large number of soldiers to appease, or better still, to annihilate the armed bands. It seems a difficult enterprise for the Japanese, who are alluded to as bandits, retreat to the mountains where even the Japanese dare not track them down.

The situation is unfortunate for the townspeople who, terrified by the exchange of fires, also flee to the mountains, abandoning their fields and leaving the towns desolate and at the mercy of looters. In the mountains people die by the thousands, unable to resist the fury of nature and the onslaught of malaria. How much material and moral misery! Only in the plains of Luzon can one live in security.