Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

November 15, 1944

Five hundred planes attacked Manila furiously last Sunday. The pro-Japanese propagandists tried to attribute these bombings during these festive days to the Americans’ attempt to prevent the faithful from going to church. The anti-Japanese thinkers stick to the idea that it was instead to ensure that workers and employees would not be victimized. As the radio announced, bombs were dropped in almost all district of Manila. Among the buildings destroyed were the Archbishop’s Palace, the Apostolic Delegate’s residence, the house of the Guevarra’s where a number of known persons were killed. Eyewitnesses recounted how the bombers swooped down and flew below the level of the roof of the Post Office building and machine-gunned the boats anchored at the Pasig, together with a column of soldiers marching through the Quezon Bridge.

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