Antonio de las Alas

Antonio de las Alas

(October 14, 1898 — October 5, 1983).Secretary of Finance and Secretary of Public Works and Communications, Quezon administration, 1935-1938; Commissioner of Finance, Philippine Executive Commission, 1941-43; Minister of Finance, Laurel administration, 1943-45.

April 29, 1945 Sunday

It was 3 o’clock in the morning; the boat started to move. We could not see anything; it was pitch black. Destination unknown. In the

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April 30, 1945 Monday

Last night we slept in cots that were crammed in the hold. We were always soaking wet with perspiration. I passed the night thinking of

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May 1, 1945

Labor Day. We left San Jose at noon. While on deck this morning, some expressed their hope that the justice or injustice would be righted.

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May 2, 1945 Wednesday

On deck this morning. Chief Justice Yulo reiterated his previous statement that he is for immediate independence; that readjustment with the help of America can

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May 3, 1945 Thursday

Americans on board are going crazy over souvenirs of ₱5000 Japanese bills with our signature. We were told to get ready. We did not actually

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May 7, 1945 Monday

A series of conferences began between Mr. Sanvictores on the one hand, and Col. Forbes and Lt. Severance on the other. The Colonel would allow

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May 10, 1945 Thursday

Everything was routine up to today. The classification had not yet arrived. An insinuation was made that we would be classified as officers and that

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May 11, 1945 Friday

Three officers, a Colonel, a Lieutenant Colonel, and Major arrived. We thought that they came to investigate our respective cases. We soon learned that they

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May 12, 1945 Saturday

A general meeting was called. Mr. Paredes explained that there had been thefts in our premises, quarrels, and the sanitation measures were not being observed.

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May 13, 1945 Sunday

Heard Mass. Something should be said about the people living in the island outside the penal colony. Up to today, nobody has ever sneered at

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May 14, 1945 Monday

We held a general meeting with Mr. Stanford. He promised to do what he could. To reciprocate, we opened our hearts to him, and upon

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May 16, 1945 Wednesday

Perhaps no small community has ever seen such divergence in social position, in worldly possessions, education and political beliefs and principles. We have people who

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May 19, 1945 Saturday

The whole premises were cleaned thoroughly in preparation for the expected coming of Gen. MacArthur tomorrow, Sunday the 20th. I had a long conversation with

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May 19, 1945 Saturday

The whole premises were cleaned thoroughly in preparation for the expected coming of Gen. MacArthur tomorrow, Sunday the 20th. I had a long conversation with

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May 20, 1945 Sunday

The memorandum was put it final form. As we had no typewriter Minister Paez wrote it with his very fine handwriting. Those who signed the

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May 22, 1945 Tuesday

Poetry seems to be contagious for today two poems were submitted, one by Minister Quintin Paredes and the other by Governor Sergio Aquino. Copies of

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May 23, 1945 Wednesday

Today, we are sad. In the issue of “Free Philippines” of May 17, 1945 Miss Margaret Parton of the New York Herald Tribune reports certain

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May 24, 1945 Thursday

Last night, we received the memorandum order of May 15, 1945, providing for the classification of detainees. Therein we are called “limited assimilated prisoners of

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May 25, 1945 Friday

There was a rather strange happening today. We heard three shots very near our quarters. One of the bullets passed two or three yards from

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May 26, 1945 Saturday

My friend who I call “partner”, Governor Proceso Sebastian, has been sick with fever during the last three days. I am attending to him and

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May 27, 1945 Sunday

We heard Mass. The priest said just a few words, but the message was significant and was deeply appreciated. He said that he regrets to

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May 28, 1945 Monday

We heard a lot of machine gunning and cannonading. Probably the Americans found the hideout of the remnants of the Japanese Army in Palawan. We

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May 30, 1945 Wednesday

We were given a ration of cigarettes. As may be remembered, from the very beginning I was insisting on submitting our case to the President,

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May 31, 1945 Thursday

Today is a holy day of obligation, Corpus Christi, and we heard Mass. Upon our arrival from church, there were rumors that more detainees from

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June 1, 1945 Friday

We had a very unfortunate incident today. It provoked a crisis which we fear might threaten the peace and unity in the compound. To enforce

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June 2, 1945 Saturday

A program was staged by the newcomers. They have excellent talent in the group—great speeches and singing. We certainly enjoyed it. It did much to

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June 3, 1945 Sunday

Heard Mass. Entertainment program was held in the evening. Lt. Severance and many guards were present. We have plenty of elements for an excellent program.

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