July 31, 1945 Tuesday

Yesterday, I received a long letter from my wife containing plenty of news. Immediately after the occupation of Manila, Gen. Maeda, Chief of Staff of the Army of Occupation, sent a message to Vargas, then Mayor and a ranking Member of the Cabinet, giving instructions that a governmental organization be created to carry out the..

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June 22, 1945 Friday

Hope for our release is just like a stock market; it goes up and down. One day everybody appears happy; the next day, disappointment and deep sorrow reign. Today we are all in high spirits for a reason which I shall now explain. The urgent need for a separate toilet for the officer class has..

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June 18, 1945 Monday

Discussions have been raging as to whether the policies and acts of America in the Philippines at the present time are correct. The almost unanimous opinion is that America is committing a blunder in the Philippines and, consequently, alienating a good portion of the Filipinos. They say the acts of the Americans in the Philippines..

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3rd January 1945

Eddie Vargas enplaned for Manila this morning, his baggage mostly medicines for his family, parcels for home from the students, a letter or two from each of the rest of us. The Nippon Times carries an article by General Homma. in a reassuring review of the present Philippine campaign he states: "We need not be..

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May 7, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass and communion at St. Sofia's. Visited the Nagasakis this morning with Quiambao, and took pictures. Anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor; We Meet General Homma in Personal Interview. Today, anniversary of the fall of Corregidor, General Masaharu Hommma, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Expeditionary Forces during the Bataan campaign, invited us Constabulary officers (ex-USAFFE officers(..

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April 28, 1944 (Friday)

Meet Ambassadors Aquino and Vargas. This p.m. at Miniong Aquino’s place at Gumyoji, Yokohama, met Special Ambassador Aquino and Special Ambassador Vargas. The former dropped in to see Miniong’s wife and the new baby, the Ambassador’s grandson. They stayed about half an hour and had a little chance to talk to them. Miniong’s wife was..

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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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August 15, 1942

General Homma has left for Japan. His departure was rumored a week ago, and it was one of those rumors which turned out to be true. It was not published by the local press until he had landed safely in his own country. It was Radio Tokyo that broadcasted the news. Those who have known..

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