Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

October 1, 1942

New batches of cadets have graduated from the three Constabulary academies. Almost all the recruits are recently released ex-prisoners. Much of the magnanimity which the Japanese were bragging about has lost its impact. After all, it was not altruism which motivated them to release these prisoners. Outwardly the recruits would not seem to have been forced into enlisting, but there are various ways of compelling them to enlist.

The discipline which they are subjected to is rough—the Japanese way. Military commands are given in Japanese. However, it cannot be denied that the treatment is courteous and good, and the training varied.

The thousands of prisoners who escaped from Bataan were given the order to submit themselves to military authorities for registration and permanent amnesty. Many of them, however, did not register for fear of being drafted into the Constabulary.