December 1, 1942

I had just visited another concentration camp—that of Santo Tomas. There are actually some 3,000 internees and in some more time, a few thousand more are expected from the south. The Japanese guards deal with them liberally, without getting involved in the private life of the prisoners. In the two hours during which I went..

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November 30, 1942

Since I reported to my post as BC Inspector, peace and order in Vizcaya have been good which makes my job easy. The BC have peacetime routine sending patrols to outlaying barrios to contact our people for us to know how they feel -- they do not like the Japanese. The present condition is brought..

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Nov. 27, 1942

A type of rugged camp humor: One man raved about marriage and his love for his wife, which grows with the years like a flower. Another tough customer asks, “Yes, and how are you managing to keep the flower watered in these times?” A guard went off with a bayonet in a car. An hour..

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November 27, 1942

Last night we sat outside watching the burning of the towns of Barotac and Dumangas from our hilltop home. A fine Thanksgiving gift the Japanese gave us – striking at our forces at several different points! Our Army had to retreat and they are burning everything along the road. We heard that the town of..

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November 26, 1942

This morning I gave SA (Sp. Agent) Pablo Naval his first mission to contact LCol. Enriquez with following msg: "That I have visited all towns and met their officials; Aban, Asuncion & Naval have SA IDs; Units under control but laying low. I will be in Manila to get my family first week Dec to..

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November 24, 1942

With the concurrence of my BC Sr Inspector, I formed an Intelligence Unit initially composed of BC Sgt. Norberto Aquino (Nautical School Grad), Guillermo Aban, Fernando Asuncion & Pablo Naval. Aban, Asuncion & Naval are key members of the underground 14th Inf, considered civilian informers I issued official I.D. Cards to facilitate our contacts. Sgt...

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November 24, 1942

For two days there has been fighting outside of Barotac by the main bridge near the sugar central (refinery). The Japanese used cannons and three shots fell right in front of our farm. No one was killed. An eyewitness came here yesterday afternoon and he told us that Melecia (Coné’s sister) was badly frightened and..

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November 24, 1942

I talked to some trainees of the Government Employees Training Institute. A month ago, some three hundred government employees, selected from different offices of the administration and the judicial branches, were confined in one of the public school buildings. They live and sleep there and go out only on Sundays. They spend the days learning..

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