After Mass we went to market again. The girls dropped by from home and told us that Emy said that there was news from the Quemas that the Americans arrived last night in Caloocan and were coming towards Rizal Ave. That’s why we heard the machinegunning. It was so hard to believe! The majority of the people heard the good news and rushed to the market. The market was almost empty. There were just hard kernels of yellow corn, a few coconuts and kangkong and talinum.
Papa bought a big pushcart for ₱5,000,000 and a smaller one for ₱3,000,000. Mama bought meat for ₱1,500.00 a kilo.
The Japs look desperate. They were very, very strict with the people. People were slapped more often without knowing why.
The Chinese community is alarmed by the wave of killings which have been occurring these days. The first casualty was the secretary of the Chinese Association who was known to be pro-Japanese. He was shot twice by mysterious killers in the street in front of a store. Then, the president of the Association, who was shot while boarding his car at Rizal Avenue. Nobody believed he could have any enemies, and his funeral was the best attended in years. Now, an influential Chinese was riddled with bullets by unknown hands. Other Chinese are being threatened or killed by mysterious assassins.
The motives of the killings cannot be determined. The Chinese colony has incurred disfavor and was placed under surveillance. Meanwhile, the press maintains a blackout on the incidents.