January 23, 1942

The situation does not appear to have improved as things stand tonight. On the front of the I Corps the Japs still have the 1st P.A. Division cut off, although efforts are being made to drive out the hostile force in rear of the line. The situation in the II Corps appears to be unchanged as there is no opposition on the Abucay front. The Japs appear to have transferred their activity to the left. With it all, there has never been anything like a coordinated attack. They appear to depend entirely on filtering through our lines in the rough country, building up a force in rear of such size as to constitute a real threat, and by this means force a withdrawal. They are employing identical tactics in Malaya against British. Today they landed a small force at Agloloma Bay and another about two miles west of Mariveles. Both are small forces, but require time to hunt them down. They may never be located in that rough country. The officer in charge is probably the Jap woodcutter who lived for years at Mariveles and knows every trail in the area. One Jap regimental C.O. is the former egg man at Fort Stotsenburg. Unusual but effective methods for securing information.

No bombing here for several days. There is air activity over the front each day, but no heavy bombers have appeared. They must be all engaged in the Singapore area. The ship Legaspi, sent down to Capiz for rice, is due there tomorrow. I hope she makes it.

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