November 22, 1942

Yesterday about noon we heard the sound of mortar fire – they give off a very loud, explosive noise and at first we thought it was a cannon. We have heard the fighting took place in Zarraga and Leganes (two small towns between Iloilo and Barotac). This morning at 2:00 a.m. we were awakened by..

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November 21, 1942

The Press announced that the Japanese Army will wage a war of extermination against the guerillas who are pillaging almost all the islands in the Visayas. This is the first time the Press uncovers the existence and extent of these disorders. Guerillas have gained the upper hand in Cebu, the three islands of Panay, Leyte..

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November 20, 1942

Yesterday I visited the town of Aritao, hometown of Cpl. R. Salazar one of my BC escorts and met the town officials including the Chief of Police who briefed me on the peace and order situation. They were all happy to receive me.  The Mayor tendered a dinner for me and we stayed overnight at Cpl...

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Nov. 19, 1942

During Special Diet serving, eight booted officers, including a real live general, inspected camp with a bodyguard of eight soldiers with bayonets. These last pressed their faces against the screen to watch the children eat, smiling and laughing. They are so curious, so interested, that often I feel sad for them, fury mixed with sympathy..

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November 18, 1942

A few days ago, there were rumors that Msgr. Finneman, Apostolic Vicar of Mindoro, was arrested in that island, but that his whereabouts were unknown. We learned that the Apostolic Delegate was notified that Msgr. Finneman was already dead, without any information as to how, where and when. After futile inquiries, the Apostolic Delegate wrote..

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November 17, 1942

Last night we were awakened at about 12:30 a.m. by the arrival of Dolly and Estrella’s children. They had to leave Estrella’s house by the road in a hurry. A soldier had come to notify them that the Japanese had broken through the Army lines in Barotac and two large ships have been sighted off..

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November 16, 1942

Since my arrival in Bayombong, I started familiariazing myself with the town area and people.  I visited all sectors and met many families such as the Madellas, Mendozas, Zuraeks, Gonongs, Prudenciado-Lozano, Reyeses aside from the provincial and municipal officials appointed by the Japanese Adm.  The peace and order appears artificial as the people live in fear of..

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