July 25, 1942

The search of houses is intensified. In Binondo, the dog-like police follow the trails of wanted persons or things useful to the enemy. The interrogations are terrifying. The procedure is to herd the occupants of a house and keep them in a room while a thorough search is being made of the house. Fortunately, however,..

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July 24, 1942

A report came from the Army Headquarters that a number of persons hostile to the Imperial Forces had been arrested. They were accused of connivance and cooperation with some groups which are working against those arrested were some highly-placed government officials who had pledged loyalty to the administration only for appearances but were actually coddling..

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July 23, 1942

We were visited a number of times by searchers who examined everything we had which was of value. Our typewriters were inspected, their brands listed, their serial numbers and specimens of all their types, taken down. They want to find out where the propaganda leaflets now being profusely circulated, are typed. Meanwhile, some people spread..

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July 22, 1942

The searching of residences and residents of Manila has begun. Taking advantage of the torrential downpours which prevented many city residents from leaving their houses, the military police is conducting an intensive search for arms and prohibited paraphernalia, tracing every nook and corner for possible signs of communications, collaboration or relationships with the enemy. Ostensibly,..

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July 22, 1942 — Wednesday

Temperature in Washington cooler. Busy at office morning & afternoon. I invited Colonel Melchor, Mr. Davis & Major Eraña for luncheon. At 3:30 p.m. Lieutenant Madrigal phoned for me to get ready to leave with the President at 6 p.m. for Leesburg. Arrived at Leesburg 7:20 p.m. Temperature delightful. Could not sleep worried about my..

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July 21, 1942

Jim Halsema was announcer for Major Bozo hour, our first Amateur Night, with Concentration Rice the sponsor—“in seven different flavors—burnt, coconut, caramel, perspiration, cockroaches, fish, and syrup.” Carol sang hillbilly songs and yodeled; little Francie sang “Smile Awhile,” each winning first and second prizes, which are said to be a ride on the garbage wagon..

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July 21, 1942

Our times are abnormal and this is but only due to the state of war. Events are happening as they never did before, and even nature is taking a direction outside its normal course. I have lost count of the number of days it has been raining. I have a feeling that with some more..

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July 19, 1942 — Sunday

Attended 8 a.m. Mass & received Holy Communion. Very hot. 10 a.m. accompanied the President to Church and then we drove ½ hour to Rock Creek Park. Mrs. Quezon & children arrived from Leesburg. The President & Mrs. Quezon gave a luncheon in honor of Carmen Soriano & myself. Too nice of them. Very hot...

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