Diary of Tomas Confesor

11th day, Jan. 7, 1945

We have done a good day’s job. Col. Abcede came to see us this morning. He impressed me favorably on first sight. He looked modest & humble. He is an understanding fellow. He does not have the arrogance & the condescending air of Peralta. He is charming with his officers, but the latter have a high regard for him. He came in with various officers of his staff. They are all nice fellows. What great things we would have accomplished in Panay if we had officers of their kind and character.

They enjoy listening to our remarks on Peralta. They wonder why Peralta has been behaving as he has towards civil officials.

They are treating us royally here. We have just returned from Maj. Hollero’s CP. He has a fine family and a very charming wife. We got there Palm Olive [soap], tooth brushes and 1,000 rounds of buckshot.

Why didn’t Peralta give us the same things?

We have passed a great day. It’s the first time in ten days that [I] have been out. My strides were firm and steady. Everybody here is telling me [I] look strong & healthy. Thank God.

We are tired but satisfied. A shower has made me feel fine. What a day!