December 3, 1943

Soldiers teemed in streets, plazas, stores and restaurants. And there were rumors that more than half a million more were coming to fortify the country and eat up the little food supply that we had. From the port there were days when more than forty damaged battleships and transports were seen anchored at the Bay...

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October 7, 1943

Events are developing at a very fast pace. The President-elect announced to all and sundry that within one week—that would be on the 14th of this month—the Republic would be proclaimed, and the new era of the Free Philippines, sovereign and independent, would be inaugurated. When Premier Tojo, a year ago, promised Philippine independence, he..

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August 5, 1943

In big headlines, the press reported the capture of Col. Hugh Straughn who was allegedly the guerrilla commander in Central Luzon and to whom was partly attributed the rampant lawlessness in Zambales and Tayabas. The captive read on radio some very humiliating statements about his actuations and miserable life in the mountains, appealing to his..

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July 1, 1943

General Homma told the Philippine Mission which was sent to Tokyo to witness the Japanese war machine: "Notwithstanding the favorable report of Prime Minister Tojo, your country remains the most anti-Japanese conquered region. You will be granted your Independence not because you are collaborating sincerely with Japan, nor because you deserve it, but because of..

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November 21, 1942

The Press announced that the Japanese Army will wage a war of extermination against the guerillas who are pillaging almost all the islands in the Visayas. This is the first time the Press uncovers the existence and extent of these disorders. Guerillas have gained the upper hand in Cebu, the three islands of Panay, Leyte..

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September 23, 1942

The military is prohibiting small vessels from making trips between Luzon and the Visayas. Could it be that they want those rebellious islands in quarantine to prevent them from contaminating the other islands? The worst part of it is that those who want to escape from that hell have no more means of escaping, except..

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September 1, 1942

A storm is coming up from the south. A low pressure area was plotted over the Visayas, particularly Negros and Panay. The prosperous island of Negros Occidental, one of the few spared from devastation, is being overrun by the apocalyptic horsemen of war, namely the bandits. Those who had fled from the storm related that,..

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Thursday, April 9, 1942

At 7:30 I went up to the house of Overseer Laurel to listen to the radio news and it was then that the Voice of Freedom station broadcasted the almost heartbreaking news that Bataan had fallen. Mr. Tiongson who had heard the news from the house of Dr. Velasquez, immediately came to see me. The..

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Saturday, March 28, 1942

At 6:00 in the morning, left Bañga for Midsayap as scheduled arriving there at 10:30 a.m. At 3:30, proceeded on to the presidencia of Midsayap to meet Commissioner Guingona who arrived with the provincial officials of Cotabato headed by Governor Pablo. After the usual greetings, the Commissioner informed me that the conference would start upon..

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