September 29, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon back from Saranac in his apartment in the Shoreham; still on his back and confined to his bedroom; full of fight over the joint resolution introduced in the Senate by Mr. Tydings for immediate independence of the Philippines. No fever and yet not much strength--but the spirit burning fiercely. Tries not to..

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January 29, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. The newspapers this morning gave Premier Hideki Tojo's speech of yesterday to the Diet in Tokyo in which he promised independence to Burma. He also said: "The people of the Philippines deserve independence, because they understand Japan's real aims and are ready to collaborate. . . . It is encouraging to observe an..

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June 22, 1942

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon returned from a conference with Secretary Ickes, whom he greatly likes. He is getting more interested every day in composing ideas for his book, which I am glad to see. Today, he expressed his wish not to have any controversial subjects in this war story, but will save them for the biography..

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June 13, 1942

At Waldorf-Astoria. Story of Lt. Colonel Andres Soriano: Soriano said that it did a great injustice to Aguinaldo to call him a fifth columnist. The General was perfectly loyal. Bombing of air fields: "The bombing of Baguio was at 7:30 a.m. on December 8th; these enemy planes then turned northwards and bombed the Cagayan valley--Aparri,..

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June 3, 1942

Shoreham Hotel. Helping Quezon with the preparation of his address to be made before the United States Senate tomorrow. I suggested to him that if he used the phrase that "he did not come to ask that they send troops to drive the invader from his beloved land," (in preference to their putting their American..

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May 31, 1942

Quezon came into my room at the Shoreham for a two hours' talk. Yesterday he had offered me an official position to go around with him and help him with his English in preparing his speeches. I told him I thought his command of English was excellent, and that I had not come to him..

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December 8, 1941

After breakfast, I read the Daily Bulletin, the only newspaper published on Mondays. The Bulletin carried no news of special interest. At seven in the morning, Señor Alberto Guevara called me up. He had just heard over the radio that Hawaii's Pearl Harbor had been attacked by Japanese planes. That was the first news of..

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