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June 15, 1943

A mission of nineteen Filipinos headed by the Mayor of Manila was sent to Japan. We were informed about its departure and its arrival in Japan, but the purpose was not divulged since it is a war secret. The members are mostly directors and assistants directors of government offices who are not very enthusiastic about their assignment, particularly the trip by sea. They had to be reassured by Fort Santiago in order to remove their fears about enemy submarines which have reportedly been surfacing in Philippine waters spitting out deadly torpedoes. An officer of the Banahaw once told us that his coastguard ship was torpedoed and sunk near Iloilo a few days ago and he had to swim to safety. The rumors about submarines are certainly not a myth.