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Would Not Betraly Filipino


N.Z. Press Association,' —Copyright Rec. 2.30 p.m. SYDNEY, this day.

How heroism, torture and death at the hands of the Japanese were suffered by a New Zealand Roman Catholic priest in the Philippines, has been told by a Filipino guerilla officer to a priest in Sydney.

The New Zealand j priest was Father Douglas, who had been stationed for two years at Pillila, 35 miles from Manila. Pillila was a centre of activity for guerillas, to whom Father Douglas acted as chaplain. '

Filipino Kenni Kuizon said that Father Douglas was called some;imes to the mountains to hear the confessions of guerillas who had jeen wounded in clashes with the fapanese. Spies reported hiiji to ;he enemy, who sent soldiers to raid lim at his monastery. The only witness to the subsequent interrogation was a Filipino houseboy, who said that the Japanese asked Father Douglas what the guerillas had told him of their activities. Father Douglas, according to the houseboy, replied: "That is a question you have no right to ask. It would be against my conscience to answer it." The Japanese captain was enraged and began to use violence. Father Douglas' death occurred two days later, but investigations by the Apostolic Delegate failed to locate the body.


DEMANDS . FOR PACIFIC WAR Rec. 2.30. WASHINGTON, July 27. Major-General John Franklin told the Senate Committee investigating the railway transportation crisis that the military timetable for the defeat of Japan had been moved forward, causing an jacceleration of troop transport to the Pacific direct from Europe, requiring more shipping but easing the rate of return of troops-to America.

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N.Z. PRIEST'S FATE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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N.Z. PRIEST'S FATE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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