Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

December 9, 1942

Vargas, in his capacity as Chairman of Festivities, yesterday announced the formation of an official and exclusive political party replacing all existing parties which are ipso facto abolished and outlawed. Actually, these parties had been existing only in name during the past year.

The new party is called “Kalibapi” which, in Tagalog, means “Association for the Service of the Filipino Nation.” Benigno Aquino, who had given up his post as Commissioner of the Interior, was named director general. To date, the political program of this new party has not yet been launched. Only its objective of seeking a more effective cooperation with the military administration was announced.