Leocadio de Asis

Leocadio de Asis

(November 1, 1919 — ?), lawyer. Captured with the Second Regular Division, USAFFE after the fall of Bataan. Selected by the Japanese to enter a training program at the Japanese-established Philippine Constabulary Academy. Assigned to the Academy staff and taught criminal law and government regulations. In May, 1943 was one of ten Philippine Constabulary officers selected by the Japanese for training and study in Japan.

June 27-July 3, 1943

Immediately after graduation ceremonies [from the Preparatory Institute for Government Scholars to Japan], nearly two months of confinement started. The start of my vacation was

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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

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April 14, 1944 (Friday)

New Instructor. Mr. Yamaki, from the Daitoasho [Greater East Asia Ministry] gave us his first lecture this morning on “Government.” Visited Kanda Church alone after

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April 16, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s Chapel. With Ambassador Sawada and Family. At 5:00 p.m., with Quiambao, we visited this family. We met Mr.

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April 17, 1944 (Monday)

Our judo lessons are getting more interesting. This p.m. we had actual wrestling practice. Philippine Mission Arrives. This p.m. Speaker Aquino, Minister [Antonio] de las

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April 21, 1944 (Friday)

The visit of the Philippine Mission is headlined in all newspapers. Speaker Aquino and his suite were guests at luncheon of His Imperial Majesty, the

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April 22, 1944 (Saturday)

Official Reception at the Philippine Embassy. At 4:00 p.m. an official reception was held at the Philippine Embassy given by the Ambassador in honor of

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April 23, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Theresa’s. Our picnic scheduled today was canceled due to the sudden rain. We intended to take our lunch under

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April 25, 1944 (Tuesday)

Today being Rinji Taisai (Extraordinary Spring Yasukuni Shrine Festival) had no classes. Visited the Nagasakis with Quiambao and enjoyed hearing such records as “Sampaguita” [

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April 28, 1944 (Friday)

Meet Ambassadors Aquino and Vargas. This p.m. at Miniong Aquino’s place at Gumyoji, Yokohama, met Special Ambassador Aquino and Special Ambassador Vargas. The former dropped

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April 30, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s. New Friends. At Akasaka-ku, in the vicinity of the former American embassy, we dropped in (Quiambao and I)

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May 1, 1944 (Monday)

Opening Ceremonies at the Keisatsu Koshajo. At 9:00 a.m. we held opening ceremonies at the Police Lecture Hall at Kudan Hill to start our 3-month

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May 2, 1944 (Tuesday)

Today started our regular classes at the Keisatsu Kōshūjo at Kudan. We heard lectures by police officers and civilian instructors. Mr. Fuji, a Japanese authority

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May 3, 1944 (Wednesday)

Heard mass, went to confession and communion at St. Sofia’s early this morning. Keisatsu Renshūjo (Police Academy). At 2:00 p.m. we visited the Police Academy

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May 4, 1944 (Thursday)

Our kendo lessons which started about a week ago at Nakayama Kendo School are getting very interesting. I noticed my physique is improving. Long Letter

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May 5, 1944 (Friday)

Heard mass and received communion at St. Sofia’s Church with Quiambao, Sison and Pena. Met Bert Lavides there, too. Birthday. Today being the birthday of

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May 6, 1944 (Saturday)

We have completely done away with overcoats and underwear and no longer use mattresses as blankets since the beginning of this month. It has definitely

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May 7, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass and communion at St. Sofia’s. Visited the Nagasakis this morning with Quiambao, and took pictures. Anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor; We Meet General

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May 9, 1944 (Tuesday)

Party at Nagasakis’. At 5:00 p.m. Quiambao, Pena and I were invited to dinner at the Nagasaki residence on the occasion of the departure of

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May 10, 1944 (Wednesday)

At the Metropolitan Police Board. This afternoon we visited the offices of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Board as part of our practical curriculum at school.

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May 11, 1944 (Thursday)

Party at Mrs. Sawada’s Residence. At 7:00 p.m. we attended a despedida [farewell] party given by Mrs. [Renzo] Sawada, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to

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May 12, 1944 (Friday)

Party of Miss Go. One of the most enjoyable parties we have attended so far. (This was intended as a despedida party for Teresita Vargas,

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