December 8, 1944

A few days ago, our Chief of Police surprised us with a strange action. He posted his officers at all intersections of Session Road—the Escolta of that locality—during rush hours, calling upon all the males to be present the following morning at the market place, equipped with tools for a day's voluntary service. Their residence..

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December 2, 1944

A spirited exchange of fire woke us up last night and alarmed the whole neighborhood of these mountains from exactly 1:00 to 3:00 A.M. The discharge of rifles, pistols and machine guns thundered through the valleys and hills, resounding with the echoes of a real battle. We suspected the aggressors to be the guerrillas of..

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November 26, 1944

While the planes continue unloading their fury upon the nerve of the Japanese defense—I admit that I was unable to put down in detail the daily happenings about the bombardments here in Baguio—these winged clouds pass by without greeting us a bit: they despise us. While the Manila populace, before they could enjoy a respite..

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November 16, 1944

The Military Police of Baguio is not far behind that of Manila in neronian cruelty. A few days before we arrived, they did something which filled the inhabitants with fear. A month ago, two Spanish nationals—Fr. Aniano González and Paul Burgalés—together with Mr. Valles, a resident of Baguio for half a century now, were arrested..

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November 15, 1944

Five hundred planes attacked Manila furiously last Sunday. The pro-Japanese propagandists tried to attribute these bombings during these festive days to the Americans' attempt to prevent the faithful from going to church. The anti-Japanese thinkers stick to the idea that it was instead to ensure that workers and employees would not be victimized. As the..

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November 7, 1944

Evacuees from Manila told us that last Sunday, the 5th of the month, was a record peak in the number and intensity of bombings. From sunrise to sunset some ten waves of bombers sowed their explosives over predetermined targets. A dozen pairs of ships were among their victims, aside from various gun positions. Yesterday, the..

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October 29, 1944

The press proclaimed in bold lines: "American Bombing in Leyte Ceases". "In the face of a terrific Japanese attack, the American fleet had abandoned the landing troops which are facing complete annihilation. American forces in the Pacific have been completely destroyed and Manila is going to be spared attacks for a long time." I was..

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October 26, 1944

The soldiers are commandeering horses, calesas, bicycles and push carts, and the people are forced to hide them. As a consequence, there is an even greater lack of transportation in Manila. This is a sign that the Japanese are running short of motorized vehicles. The trucks which they had confiscated at the start of the war..

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