June 7, 1942

Quezon thinks this is a business war, caused by slavish imitation by Japanese of the Western powers' methods of monopoly. If the Japanese had not closed the open door in China, there would have been no war. It was totally needless, in any case, for the Japanese could have undersold all commercial rivals with all of her..

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June 6, 1942

a.m. Having himself dictated a letter to President Roosevelt requesting that he be given a seat on the Pacific War Council, which was sitting in Washington, Quezon gave me his proposed draft to read and advise him as to its form. I read it with dismay. He had been watching my face and asked me:..

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June 2, 1942

At noon to Capitol with General Valdes and Colonel Andres Soriano. Valdes says he is going back to service in Australia next week. I felt much like a stray cat on the floor of the House of Representatives--had not entered the Chamber since in August 1913 I left after nine years of service there to..

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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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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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April 16, 1942

The morale of the people is very low. After the shock of the first days, those who were still hoping for the arrival of American reinforcements are losing all hope. Before, they felt so confident that they believed that Bataan and other points of resistance could serve as bases for the early recapture of the..

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March 6, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Could not see her today. Could not leave the HQ. Too much bombing. Sgt. Sinculan thinks the bombs were dropped near the evacuee camp. She might have been hit. I hope not. Will go there early tomorrow. Had carabao's meat today with the rice. Lt. Tatco, mess officer, was able to shoot..

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February 25, 1942

The American mainland has been shelled by a Japanese submarine. This will spur America. This is the kick she needed. The U-boat fired 20 shells, according to the British radio. The attack occurred shortly after President Roosevelt’s nationwide address. My Japanese neighbors are celebrating. This is Japan’s greatest hour. In downtown Manila, the people were..

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February 24, 1942

Colonel Uzaki visited the office today. The colonel said: “NARIC must start to buy actively. Begin with Baliuag.” Purchases will be made through municipal mayors. Producers must go to the provinces. Passes will be given by the Military Police. Distribution depends on procurement. There will be nothing to distribute to the people, if nothing is..

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