December 26, 1944

Manila Japs moving out. Truck after truck loaded with troops evacuating Manila. All Jap cars camouflaged with leaves. Mindoro landings have struck fear in Jap hearts. The end is near. Puppet government of Laurel transferred to Baguio. They left in a hurry. The presidential convoy was escorted by Jap troops and P.C. soldiers. Remaining Jap..

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December 22, 1944

President Jose Laurel, Chief Justice Jose Yulo and all cabinet ministers left early this morning for Baguio. The presidential convoy was accompanied by two truckloads of Jap troops armed with mg’s, two trucks of Malacañang guards, one car of P.C. men and one car of detectives. The convoy consisted of thirty or more cars. The..

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December 21, 1944

Significant developments. Puppet P.I. government moving to Baguio. Laurel and all Ministers including Manuel Roxas scheduled to leave for Baguio last night. Jap Embassy also hurriedly packing to transfer to Baguio. Jap Dept. of Information burning papers, will continue propaganda in Baguio. Speaker B. Aquino remained in Manila, promised to go up after wedding of..

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December 17, 1944

Landings in Mindoro. Heard people talking about it in street-corners yesterday afternoon. The news spread like wild-fire: landings in Mindoro, Mindoro, Mindoro. The Japs are stumped. American planes had complete dominion of the air over Luzon. They kept flying over Manila all day yesterday. From the morning of December 15th to the evening of December..

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December 16, 1944

I went biking yesterday to see the effect of the bombing yesterday and to hear the comments of the people. Streets were empty. Traffic was paralyzed. Army trucks and cars moved around with camouflage nets. Many sentries posted in street corners. 42 civilians were wounded in Parañaque. Saw them in corridors of the P.G. Hospital...

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December 15, 1944

A lot of things have happened during these last two weeks. Flying fortress have appeared twice but at night. Japs got excited. To houses that still had lights on, they shouted and threatened "Close light! Close light!" Yesterday, we had an all-day raid, from morning to afternoon. I saw the Jap planes flying very early...

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November 27, 1944

Unable to write during last few days because of my malaria. I didn't feel like doing anything. Felt like the old days in Bataan and the long, horrible months in the concentration camp. Raids last Saturday. Saw planes bombing Grace Park. First few bombs immediately hit objectives. Black columns of smoke shot upward to sky...

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November 22, 1944

A total of 9,000 males are included in the first draft for compulsory labor in Jap airfields, port installations and other military establishments. The names of those forced to serve have been sent to neighborhood presidents who will in turn forward the names to neighborhood leaders who will then inform the draftees to appear in..

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November 20, 1944

Emilio was here this morning. He said a Jap officer went to his house at eight o'clock last night with a German. The Jap wants him to vacate his house "to give place for this German". Emilio who is hot-headed answered "I'm not going to vacate my own house for any German." Emilio's wife was..

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