Diary of Tomas Confesor

26th Day, Jan. 22, 1945

I have gone to the Capital of Leyte today. I met Gen. Valdes, Gov. Hayden, Dean Kalaw and many others. The night previous I had a talk with Judge Saguin and Cong. Lopez from Cebu and they informed me about certain tendencies which didn’t please me. So I certainly blew up this morning when I found myself in the very seat of the government of the Commonwealth. I let the world know that we the guerilleros, at least I, would not hesitate to continue the fight for our principles in any field. I did not mince words on my bitter distaste for collaborators. I made special reference to former Judge Bayona. I have held fruitful conferences with Gen. Valdes, Gov. Hayden, Dean Kalaw and others. So, many people know me here! They say I am quite popular in these parts. Why? Every one receives with enthusiasm my stand for the common man. I am happy. I am beginning to return to civilization again to modern beds, to modern baths, to good food, etc.

Well, I have to go to America. I am going to show my wares there, if I have any, to find out whether they [are valued there].

I feel very much depressed, however, that I cannot take my family with me, especially my wife and little boy. Poor girl! She deserves a vacation—and a trip to that great country. But she’ll get there, sometime. I’ll see to it that she enjoys the good things of life, too. There is nothing worthwhile that I deserve that she doesn’t.

For two nights, the noise of war and the excitement of the times have kept me awake, giving me just three hours of sleep at the most.