Monday, September 29, 2014

Japanese Interregnum in NLSA's Settlement: 1942 - 1945

Conclusion: 

The emerging Filipino nationalism, American anti-Japanese propaganda and the Manchurian Incident had all contributed to a Japanophobia which caused many individuals to misunderstand the Japanese colonization in the Philippines as having political rather than simply economic significance. Even the concentration of Japanese in Davao quite suddenly assumed entirely new and seemingly much more menacing overtone as it affected both Philippine-American and Japanese-American relations. However, to think of it, Japanese freely immigrated to the country because the American Governors-General never done anything about Davao in the past nor had the Philippine Legislature.
In Koronadal Valley, the interregnum of Japanese though short-lived had greatly halted the operations of National Land Settlement Administration (NLSA). Most of it machineries and even established buildings were destroyed or being used by the Japanese during the occupation.

Despite of the presence of Japanese in the settlement, the settlers and even the B’laan and Maguindanaon natives had adequate supply of foo64d, security and even comfort. They even provided supply of food for the Japanese in exchange for cloth and other materials, however upon the liberation of the Americans, the Japanese began to get food by stealing bananas in the area.

General Paulino Santos was one of the important persona during Japanese interregnum in Koronodal Valley. As the general manager of the defunct NLSA, he felt
as obligatory to protect the settlers from atrocities and wrath of the Japanese. Hence, he sought allegiance for peace towards them.
Nevertheless, the cooperation of the settlers allowed them to live at peace for a while until Americans arrived, while the native inhabitants had to look for safe refuge in order to survive.

After the Japanese had scuttle over their adversaries, they went to the mountainous area of Conel. Since they were looking for a place for them to hide. They had been dwelling in the caves and conveniently, made General Santos as their place of escape. Significantly, K’laja-Conel is really identified as part of history. There are still thriving personalities who have confirmed that and they personally experienced and some had even participated in the said war. Hence, General Santos needs to give merit and declared the place as historical site. Due to the strange vestige that has been notice in the area. There are lots of empty bombshells, Japanese samurai, army vehicle and Japanese paraphernalia found at the K’laja and Malakong.

Moreover, through different research and interviews, we have found out that there are even more identified Japanese Army who had not surrendered and had been hiding there for many years and lived there and even got married to the Filipino natives and made their own family in South Cotabato.

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