July 31, 1942

Read a Guerillero’s poem. Somebody left it in my desk. Perhaps there are guerilleros in the office: SOMEDAY Someday, someday, I’ll live again, I’ll sing again, A song with freedom’s ring again. My heart I’ll give again, I’ll love again. Beneath the moon above again. But now I must flight, For country and right, Guerillero..

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July 30, 1942

The lamentations of Jeremiah are getting more intense. Unemployment engenders scarcity of money, which in turn brings about the shortage of food. Those who used to eat heartily have to content themselves with a handful of rice cooked in plenty of water and seasoned with salt. The virtues of sobriety and frugality, which used to..

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July 29, 1942

We have been reading the works of Caballero Audaz on "The Revolution of the Terrorists." In many aspects, there are more dissimilarities than similarities between Madrid under the Red Terror and Manila under the Yellow domination. In Madrid there was anarchy and despotism, dominated by armed men, the power-hungry and the terrorists. In Manila, the..

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July 28, 1942

The legislative machinery of the official administration has become very prolific. Laws are being promulgated daily. Almost all laws have a second, third, fourth, or even a fifth interpretation. The words are clear, the meaning subtle. A new military order has placed the purchase and sale of prime commodities under the administration of an association..

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July 27, 1942

  A Japanese civilian came to my office. He spoke arrogantly, bluffingly, threateningly. He wanted one of my rent houses. I showed him that I was not afraid of him. I asked for his name. And when I started dialing for the Military Police, he backed out and changed his tune. Told Lolita of the..

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July 27, 1942

One of the shortest and most drastic decrees was the one released today by the Military Administration. It went like this: "The official languages to be used in the future are Japanese and Tagalog. In the meantime, the use of English shall be permitted." With one stroke of the pen, Spanish was banished, and English..

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July 26, 1942

Proclamations are continuously being issued decreeing the registration of persons and things. Now it is the radio. All transmitters and their parts have to be surrendered to the military authorities. The construction of transmitters of any sort is absolutely prohibited. The proclamation also ordered the removal of all outside antennas so that no broadcasts may..

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July 25, 1942

Made arrangements with Dr. Sison for the sending of sick war prisoners to his hospital. Gave him ₱1,000 as contribution for Philippine General Hospital. He was very pleased. Sent a war prisoner to Sison who was suffering with malaria. The young veteran had three bullet wounds. I wrote the doctor: “Please see what you can..

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