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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January 31, 1942

There is too much wishful thinking. There are too many pseudo-generals. Too many opinions on what the USAFFE will do next and when the next bombs will be dropped. I have adopted an attitude of resignation. I take what comes. There is no use trying to reform the world. We are mere specks in the..

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January 4, 1942

Warnings have been issued by the Commander of the Japanese Landing Forces. (1) Anyone who inflicts or attempts to inflict an injury upon Japanese soldiers or individuals shall be shot to death. (2) If the assailant or attempted assailant cannot be found, we will hold ten influential persons as hostages who live in and about..

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August 12, 1936

Talk with A. D. Williams over the building activities of Quezon. Malacañan Palace is never quiet; always, there is hammering and moving of walls etc. It appears that while the President is acting Secretary of Public Works and Communications, Under Secretary Cruz has not a jot of authority, and every single decision of his has..

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June 6, 1936

Arrived at Iligan, route having been changed by Quezon in accord with news from the Manila Weather Bureau. The visit to Culion is now to be at the end of trip. Before making wharf at Iligan, Quezon addressed the Assemblymen, asking for funds for the development of Mindanao. He used maps, and said that an..

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May 29, 1936

A. D. Williams at my office. A few days ago, he was called before the Cabinet to advise on new taxation. Quezon wants a transportation tax on all forms of travel. Cabinet members wish to devote the cedula tax to school purposes only, thus making it more popular. The President went today to Cabuyao, Nueva..

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May 14, 1936

Short chat at Malacañan with Francisco Benitez, in which I expressed pleasure in the new plans for education. I asked him about building school houses--he said that in future they were going to stop building, in expensive and ugly concrete, and construct in "native materials." After all these years of folly, I am glad to..

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April 7, 1936

At sea nearing Jolo. At breakfast I had a talk with Quezon over the Government Survey Board. He said the government had become a mere bureaucracy; I told him the Survey Board was puzzled to know how to decrease the expenses of government in accord with his wishes--was it by lowering salaries? He said no--but..

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March 24, 1936

At the office. Miguel Unson, to whom I reported that Quezon told me he had instructed him (Unson) that I was to sit with the Government Survey Board replied: "It must be so because he said so, but I never heard it." Said he would try again to see Quezon tomorrow. Usual crowd of office..

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