Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

June 26, 1943

The Chinese community is alarmed by the wave of killings which have been occurring these days. The first casualty was the secretary of the Chinese Association who was known to be pro-Japanese. He was shot twice by mysterious killers in the street in front of a store. Then, the president of the Association, who was shot while boarding his car at Rizal Avenue. Nobody believed he could have any enemies, and his funeral was the best attended in years. Now, an influential Chinese was riddled with bullets by unknown hands. Other Chinese are being threatened or killed by mysterious assassins.

The motives of the killings cannot be determined. The Chinese colony has incurred disfavor and was placed under surveillance. Meanwhile, the press maintains a blackout on the incidents.