May 31, 1945 Thursday

Today is a holy day of obligation, Corpus Christi, and we heard Mass. Upon our arrival from church, there were rumors that more detainees from Manila were coming. At 11 o'clock, an amphibian truck arrived with 35 persons. I could recognize only two—Dr. Gualberto, the Mayor of Rosario, Batangas and Mr. Aurelio Alvero, a young..

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June 15, 1943

A mission of nineteen Filipinos headed by the Mayor of Manila was sent to Japan. We were informed about its departure and its arrival in Japan, but the purpose was not divulged since it is a war secret. The members are mostly directors and assistants directors of government offices who are not very enthusiastic about..

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April 8, 1942

Intro from memoirs: But one day I had a scare. Old Pio Duran, who believed in the Jap-sponsored Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, if there ever was one, called me up and said I was wanted at Fort Santiago at 11:30 a.m. on April 8th... I was worried. I could not tell Lolita [my wife]..

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April 7, 1942

Asked Duran if he knows why F.S. wants me. He said: “Sorry Vic, I don’t know. Major Nishimura was in my house last night and he told me to tell you to be there on Wednesday.” Stayed in the office until eight. Gave final instructions to Valdezco. “Goodbye, doc,” he said with a sad voice...

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