Railways in Mindanao: Then and Now

  News is that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has approved a Feasibility Study to proceed for the proposed Mindanao Railway Project. The map above gives an indication of the scope of the proposed railway system.It's been a long time coming. An overview of railways in the past can be found in The Colonial Iron..

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June 26, 1945, Tuesday

It may be asked: If the conduct of the Japanese is as reported above why did we serve in the Japanese regime and later in the Philippine Republic? I had good reasons for not accepting any position in the Japanese regime. Aside from my past relations with America and the Americans, and the position I..

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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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July 1, 1943

General Homma told the Philippine Mission which was sent to Tokyo to witness the Japanese war machine: "Notwithstanding the favorable report of Prime Minister Tojo, your country remains the most anti-Japanese conquered region. You will be granted your Independence not because you are collaborating sincerely with Japan, nor because you deserve it, but because of..

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November 1, 1942

The news was confirmed regarding the sale, by order from Tokyo, of the TVT and Roces Publications to the Manila Simbunsya, a subsidiary of the Osaka Mainichi. According to an official announcement from Tokyo, the imperial army has assigned the publication of dailies and magazines in occupied areas to leading publishing houses in Japan. The..

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October 22, 1942

From the reliable sources, we learned that a Japanese newspaper establishment has purchased the TVT and Roces publications. TVT is publishing the only newspapers now in circulation in the Philippines, one in each language: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese and Japanese. Before the war, the Roces publications was putting out several weeklies. One of them the..

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May 30, 1942

Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. May 30th 1942 A few days ago, Quezon had wired me at Charlottesville, Virginia, inviting me to join him as his guest at the Ambassador Hotel in New York and just as I was about to start for there another wire came stating he was coming down to Washington, so I..

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March 21, 1942

The Japanese Supervisor asked me to write down the names of the five closest friends of Pagulayan in the office. I refused. He insisted. I told him I did not know. He gave me a veiled threat. I said that if I have to submit names, I would put my name on top of the..

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