August 6, 1945, Monday

We were visited or rather inspected by Lt. Col. Jaime Velasquez and Maj. Hanz Menzi, both of the Police Command. They seem to be ranking officers. What the purpose of their visit was, we do not know. They seemed to have been investigating our condition. Col. Velasquez is a graduate of various military schools in..

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March 18, 1945

I visited Muntinlupa, the new prison site. Not a political or criminal prisoner was left. When the Americans were about to arrive, they were liquidated without let-up, until the Chief henchman, disgusted with the sight of blood, shouted, "Always kill, kill. You go." And so was saved a handful of prisoners who were already by..

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Mon. Jan. 29/45

Due to the episode yesterday, the gate was closed and we received no supplies. So the Commandant voided his agreement with General Commandant concerning our food supply, took over the stock of grain and will take charge of feeding us again. We are to have two meals a day (300 gams of rice and corn..

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Sun. Jan. 28/45

The days are getting warmer and sunnier. We were tired of the cloudy weather. Situation in the camp is not good. A guard shot one of the internees a week ago as he was trying to reenter the camp. Today it happened again. It was at 7 a.m. I was up and dressed, and combing..

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Wed. Jan. 17/45

Monday evening the Japs agreed to turn all food supplies over to our Committee. Some “hot-heads” immediately clamored for immediate distribution of rice to the barracks to forestall seizure by military or other action. We all turned out and carried 240 sacks of rice to 24 barracks. The next a.m. the Japs found out and..

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Mon. Jan. 15/45

Yesterday afternoon the whole camp was called to attend a mass roll call on the road in front of barracks #3 and #4. Guards were thrown around us. Instead of a roll call, soldiers started to inspect our cubicles in our absences. Tension mounted. Some men broke ranks and returned to their barracks where other..

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Sun. Jan. 14/45

Now we have some more excitement. Yesterday morning before daylight, the Commandant and his staff returned. They were tired out and we do not know where they went or what they were doing. Food rations have been cut some and we have slim meals today, but we cook extra so will be able to keep..

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Fri. Jan. 12/45

We have had an exciting week but nothing as much as last Sunday. After the main garrison left, a few soldiers came in from a lower camp and are supposedly guarding us from unruly elements on the outside. Filipinos are supplying us with some things we need such as meat and fruit. Camp discipline is..

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January 12, 1945

Cornmeal mush with a little rice in it for breakfast. Well, the air was full of our planes this morning. They were blasting things up north of here. That helps pep us up. I have been laying here on my bunk listening to some fellows talking about chow. They make me so darned hungry that..

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