December 23, 1942

We Japanese have every reason to suspect that the “cooperation” we are getting from the Filipino leaders –from Jorge Vargas down– is more apparent then genuine: they are merely biding their time till the end of the war. Their collaborative gestures seem prompted solely by their desire to keep to a minimum the sufferings and hardship which might be inflicted upon their people by occupying personnel. Difficult to tell just how many of these collaborating Filipino politicos are really interested in constructing a new Philippines under guidance of Japan.

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