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February 4, 1944

A blackout drill was originally scheduled this week. But at the last moment, the press announced that it would be postponed indefinitely. Popular rumours have it that the High Command had issued the reverse order after communicating to Pres. Laurel that the order for blackouts and the maintenance of peace and security were the concern of the Imperial Forces. So, long live independence! There are robberies, hold-ups and violent attacks in the darkness. Even the clothes of the dead are being stolen from their graves.