August 31, 1945, Friday

I have been asked many times how the Japanese financed themselves during their regime. They came here bringing with them Japanese military notes. It can be assumed for certain that those notes are not backed by reserves. There is nothing behind it except the backing of the Japanese government. As a matter of fact, they..

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February 20, 1945

Let us shift our view for a while from this scenario of horrors, and take a look at the Manila of the liberators, as it was narrated to me. The American High Command has not failed to notice the vandalistic scheme of the Japanese in the attempt to save themselves with the City and with..

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February 18, 1945

The evenings are a nightmare. They bring a rosary of shocks produced by powerful guns which, from New Manila and Grace Park, strike at Ermita and Intramuros, shaking the air, the earth, the doors and the nerves. Projectiles fly over our heads, whistling their funereal song of destruction. We cannot look at them: we can..

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February 16, 1945

I sallied forth today to stock up on food. The market is burned, but people are bringing in a few fish and eggs and vegetables and strewing it in little stands in the streets near the market place. I came sailing back down Park Avenue, happy as could be to have discovered a bit of..

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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1945

We buried the dead. Snipers from Assumption Convent fired at us while we did the work. In the main building we made shelters from wooden beds the Japanese had left behind. That afternoon there was the most terrific shelling we had ever experienced. There was no let-up. The main building was hit. At five o'clock..

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