October 14, 1943

From now on, the Philippines is free, sovereign and independent. Japan so proclaimed, and President Laurel so announced. The inauguration was a family affair. Only the Japanese representatives were invited: aside from Mr. Murata who up to now is chief adviser of the military administration and henceforth to be the ambassador plenipotentiary; the Vice President of..

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October 14, 1943 (Thursday)

Philippine Independence Day! Today we woke up in highest spirits. We marched to school bearing “home-made” Filipino flags prepared last night by the group at Hongoryo. The Filipino “propaganda corps,” too, posted attractive placards on the school’s bulletin board announcing in bold characters the Philippines’ Declaration of Independence. We were all so excitedly happy that..

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October 13, 1943

Today, the eve of proclamation day, activity was undertaken—as simple as it was new. For the first time since the withdrawal of Spanish sovereignty in this country, the government in full attendance was present in a religious act: a Mass at the Cathedral celebrated by Msgr. Guerrero, auxilliary bishop of Manila, followed by the solemn..

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October 10, 1943

To create the impression that independence is genuine, the Philippine flag will be raised and the national anthem played. Up to this time, both have been banned. The Japanese authorities were against restoring the old insignia because the subversives in the mountains and the exiled government are waving the same insignia. But Dr. Laurel and..

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Oct. 10, 1943

I finally took a holiday today after having braved the storm of protest against Sunday volunteer workers last week. We had an all-day detail spreading & unloading straw for which we had workers chow and 64 bananas apiece. This Sunday strangely enough, there were more volunteers than details. In other words I live with a..

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October 7, 1943

Events are developing at a very fast pace. The President-elect announced to all and sundry that within one week—that would be on the 14th of this month—the Republic would be proclaimed, and the new era of the Free Philippines, sovereign and independent, would be inaugurated. When Premier Tojo, a year ago, promised Philippine independence, he..

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October 6, 1943

The three political leaders—Laurel, Vargas and Aquino—were flown to Tokyo to receive the papal blessing, according to someone. It is not for us to scrutinize the motive of the trip to the Imperial capital, nor can we discern the mystery hidden behind the cloak of entertainment, commendations, receptions and sightseeing tours which were said to..

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Wednesday, October 6, 1943

Darling I've never lost track of the months, almost five of them. There's a possibility that things may begin to percolate soon. No rain today for a change—the truck arrived with wire for the barracks and I guess other materials are available for the completion of 10 of them. I really hope and expect I'll..

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