September 19, 1943

Two details of 800 left already. Looks like a couple more coming up. The last one supposedly went to New Bilibid to prepare for the rest of us. Still in the rum stage. The first detail is supposed to have gone to Japan. Poor “Ole” Mel Morgan is in the hospital dysentery area, now the..

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September 15, 1943

Examining everyone for outgoing details. Looks like they are going to split us into groups of 500 to 800 and scatter across the Islands due to the increasing pressure by their enemy. They may try to get some and to Japan I hope not. It’s the last place I want to go. Italy fell.

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September 10, 1943

Badolgio fell, and there are rumors that Italy has withdrawn from the war. There is great rejoicing in Manila, with wine overflowing in the downtown coffee shops, to the disappointment of the Japanese. Rumors are conflicting as people talk about shortwave news from London and San Francisco regarding landings in Italy,and Russian advances and the..

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September 6-9, 1943

Saranac Lake, N.Y. This is the first entry in this diary for more than three months. Early in June, Quezon was attacked by bronchitis and soon developed a serious attack of tuberculosis. Dr. Trepp was frankly alarmed--he told me that Quezon was a worn-out man, and expressed himself as uncertain whether he could pull Quezon..

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September 9, 1943

Once the Philippines becomes independent—and many believe that it would be within this month—would she enjoy a complete and absolute sovereignty, a national and international sovereignty as defined by Jean Bodin and as described by political law? The Constitution is silent on this matter. Rather, all indications pointed to an independence, not of the western..

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September 8, 1943

The Constitution was ratified yesterday by some kind of a Constitutional Assembly composed of 117 delegates chosen by the Kalibapi from among the old delegates and government officials. They also wanted to make it appear that the Constitution was ratified by popular plebiscite. The plan was that, after the delegates had approved the Constitution, they..

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Wednesday, September 8, 1943

The kitchen has been reorganized and the chow has improved, not so much in content as preparation. Still beans or rice at noon but omelet, potato salad, rice and tea tonight. There's still nothing being done about the barracks and I'm more convinced with every passing day that your arrival will not be soon if..

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