September 14, 1942

A few days have passed since I have written to you. We have been too excited, as there has been fighting all around us. The USAFFE did not strike in Iloilo as I had earlier told you. They are waiting for another time.

There is so much “Radio Puwak” as they call it here. “Puwak” means ‘throat’ in the native dialect. Therefore, “Radio Puwak” means gossip or rumors spread by word of mouth.

The day before yesterday, the Japanese tried to enter the town of Barotac (our farm is 3 km from the town). They got as far as the sugar mill when a fight ensued. They did not use their trucks as the USAFFE had set up a trap for them just before the bridge. Instead, they crossed the river on rafts dressed in civilian clothes. The USAFFE commander (a very young man) thought they were his men and signaled to them. At this point the Japanese began firing. Thank goodness he saved himself by rolling down a bank, and there were no casualties. Really, it is pathetic to see these boys fight against such a stronger force, with very few firearms and no experience although it is most inspiring to see the courage they have and their faith in the United States.

The Japanese are now concentrated in the city of Iloilo, and the towns of Capiz and Pototan. Pototan is around 11 km from our farm. So far today is quiet, but we do not know for how long.