In the background can be seen Manila City Hall and the ruins of the Legislative Building.
14. Early in the morning of 10 February l945, a Japanese sentry came to the house of Dr. Jose Guidote, 1568 General Luna, Manila, a physician of epidemiology, Bureau of Health, and told the inhabitants to leave the house. The members of his family, consisting of his wife, son, two maids, Dr. Manuel Navarro and his wife, father and nephew, who were all living with him at the time, left the house. They intended to go to the Philippine General Hospital, but the streets around his house were blocked with land mines, thus preventing going to that destination. After searching around, they were able to find a place for safety, several blocks away. In that place were approximately eight people; men, women, and children, all Filipinos. Several people were injured by shelling, one of whom was the father of Dr. Navarro who lived for only about half an hour after being struck by shrapnel on the side of the head. While he was attending wounded relatives and other people, Dr. Guidote was wounded in the left wrist by a bullet which went all the way through. During the shelling, three Japanese soldiers, one a sergeant, with pistols, bayonets and band grenades, came to the place and asked all of the men to go from that place. At that time there were about twenty-five men. The Japs tied their hands, including those of. Dr. Guidote, and they were about to be shot when two Japanese officers suddenly came and spoke to the soldiers. The people were then untied and sent back to their hiding place. After they were inside, the Japanese threw hand grenades at the building, shooting men, women, and children indiscriminately. About twenty people were killed during that time, including two of Dr. Guidote’s relatives. One, whose name was Milagros Alvarez de Navarro, was pregnant and hit in the abdomen. The other was Benedicto Navarro who was hit in the head and killed immediately. After this last shooting the Japanese soldiers disappeared from the place. They left because the American soldiers were about to liberate them as they (the Americans) were just on the other side of the street. Dr. Guidote stated that he thought the Japanese untied them so that the Americans could not see that they had been tied. All were liberated on the following day, 12 February, at about 2:00 PM by American soldiers (See exhibit “B-11”.)