Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

October 8, 1942

Murders and robberies were the order of the day. Yesterday, the proprietor of Malate Taxi was found dead from blows dealt on him in his bed. The cashier of Mitsui, a Japanese firm, was held up and robbed of ₱6,000.00. At one NARIC distribution center, a man entered with a gun in his hand and took several hundred pesos. The central office of NARIC was also robbed of ₱2,000.00 by a masked robber while another robbery was committed in a moviehouse, with the victim divested of ₱700.00. All these happened in a day.

The assaults on private houses and persons are countless. Only the early incidents were reported by the newspapers which however keep silent about other such happenings, probably to prevent demoralization.