December 19, 1942

Yesterday I found Lulu's stag dinner was Lt. Col. Manolo Enriquez' idea as Manolo and I were real friends of Lulu during my PMA days when Manolo was my mentor. But it was a risky gathering in Manila where Kempei-Tai HQ is. I hope I will not find myself in future similar situation. In any..

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December 19, 1942

This morning we had a bad fright, and remained most of the morning in the shelter. Yesterday morning, about 3:00 a.m. the Japanese entered the town of Barotac Nuevo and by daybreak the planes began bombing the surrounding barrios and the sugar central, as well as the main roads. We could see all this very..

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December 15, 1942

On my own return from the two weeks session of the Institute of Pacific Relations at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, I reported to Quezon at the Shoreham. He was deeply interested. Said the terms of the proposed settlement by Holland of the Indonesian question didn't really matter--the Indonesians could get rid of the Dutch any time they..

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December 15, 1942

Around our vicinity it is now quiet. There are no Japanese in Barotac or Pototan. They are going in the other direction towards Passi and Calinog (towards the center of the island). Every day we hear bombing coming from that direction and two nights ago a Japanese ship shelled the coast of Barotac Viejo (north..

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Dec. 14, 1942

It is a constant struggle to get spoons enough to set the table, bowls in line, to keep track of tins or soap. Once a thing is set down and left, it is never there after sixty seconds. Pails disappear like magic, onion tops are snatched up, the mental process apparently being that it is..

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December 13,1942

After Miss Lulu Reyes phoned me the other day about dinner last night, I was curious and intrigued about it - I've not seen her more than two years, how did she know my phone and presence in Manila. What intrigued me more was when she cautioned me that the stag affair was a confidential..

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December 11, 1942

For the last three days the Japanese have been bombing our soldiers near Dinglé and Barotac Nuevo. The enemy says, “they will clean up our ‘bandits’.” That’s what they call the Filipino soldiers. The Japanese continue to advance while our soldiers must retreat. I have been told by a soldier that the Japanese are machine..

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Pangasinan, December 11, 1942

I left for Northern Luzon. Filipino policemen, by order of Japanese officials, meticulously checked all our luggages for arms and subversive documents. There has been a lot of smuggling of rifles and pistols these past weeks, and the guerilla activities were increasing, so that the Japanese have to keep a closer watch. The trip by..

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December 10, 1942

In  accordance with my plan and with the approval of my Senior Inspector, I boarded Mr. Go Beng's Truck for Manila 2 days ago (Dec. 8) to get my family in Manila arriving yesterday noon at our Tennessee Residence.  Mr. Go Beng told me their next truck going to Cagayan Valley will leave Manila Dec. 15 and..

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