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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July 9, 1945 Monday

I notice in the papers that many questions are arising as a result of the Japanese occupation. Some of them are the following: (1) Bank deposits during the Japanese regime; (2) Japanese military notes ("Mickey Mouse" money); (3) Real estate transactions during said regime. All deposits during the Japanese regime have nullified. This is of..

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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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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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November 12, 1944

We have spent quiet nights since the first of November, but the rumor is that the guerrillas (USAFFE) may come in any time. We all sleep downstairs where the walls are reinforced. Even the precious cow and her 1-year old calf are brought inside at night. This morning we saw three planes and they appeared..

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June 16, 1944 (Friday)

Nippon Shoseki Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan Textbook Publishing Company). At 3:30 this p.m. we visited the Ministry of Education’s immense publishing house which prints the textbooks used in all primary schools in Japan. We saw the process of printing, cutting, folding, binding and final packing of thousands upon thousands of books. The plant prints about 4,000,000..

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October 15, 1943

Officially the Philippines is independent. But is she? Yesterday, during and after the ceremonies, many young people were asking us: "Do you believe that we will have a true independence?" To all of them, we gave the same reply, "Let us wait for the facts to speak for themselves." Even the most optimistic does not..

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September 5, 1943

The new Constitution is neither democratic nor dictatorial. It is a kind of constitutional dictatorship. Officially, the Philippines is a Republic, but in reality it is neither democratic nor representative. The President possesses great powers which no other elective chief of state has. He is to be a dictator without checks. Aside from being the..

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