Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

February 8, 1944

“If you want to be free from the yoke of the military police, then sign the Constitution,” President Laurel told his constitutional assembly. All the delegates unanimously and hastily signed, especially those who were guests of the Military Police at its hotel by the Pasig. Although the Japanese have demonstrated a decrease in persecutory activities during these four months of independence, they are not sleeping and they continue keeping watch.

Recently, they showed their fangs again, making a series of spectacular arrests. Among those apprehended were sixteen Spanish Filipinos belonging to well-known families—Elizalde, president of the Casino Español, and other persons who were at a party celebrating the birthday of Joaquín Elizalde, Resident Commissioner in Washington.

Also arrested were the Mother Superior of a Canadian religious congregation, and Fr. Rufino Santos, Secretary of the Archibishop.