Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

November 3, 1944 – Friday

Quite a bad night. At 11 a.m. President Osmeña told me that he received reports that the guerillas were shooting and killing civilians in Tanauan and Burauen and asked me to investigate. I left at 1 p.m. Arrived at Dulag. Conferred with Colonel Nitz & Major Brooks G-2 XXIV Corps. They told me that the rumor was absurd & false. I called on Major General Hodge, the Commanding General, who asked me to see the men taken by the guerrillas in Tanauan & Burauen. They were kept in a enclosure at Dulag. I went and spoke to all the men and the two women. They all denied the rumor. I returned to Tacloban stopping at Tanauan where the acting Mayor also denied the rumor. I arrived at Tacloban at 7:30 p.m. I took a bath and retired early as I was very weary. At 10:30 p.m. I was awakened by an air raid, which was repeated three times until morning. Note: While I was taking a bath a 50 caliber bullet went through the partition.

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