Japanese Occupation

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Japanese Occupation Filipino war veterans would describe it life under the Japanese was anything but peaceful. Thousands of them stood witness to oppression and suffering through the years of colonial occupation under Japan. All their stories were spoken against a backdrop of violent subjugations, each one bringing back old wounds and reliving some of their worst nightmares. For most Filipinos, it was a harsh and fearsome reality filled with terror and abuse. Never in the history of the Philippines had such brutality been committed against the dignity of the human person. For this very reason, the Japanese Occupation is another essential facet that must be examined through the lens of Human Rights. The bombing of Manila on December…show more content…
More than 70,000 soldiers were forced to walk while denied of food and water for so many days. Under such harsh conditions, only around 54,000 of them made it to Camp O’Donnell. Soldiers who had fallen behind were executed while some were randomly tortured and beaten up. Some even attempted to hide in the jungles but were just too weak to escape. Eventually, they were shot and killed. This was the fate of the Prisoners of War that those who made it to their destination could only wish that they had been left behind. Life in the camp was nothing better, as thousands more of them died because of lack of poor living conditions. Water and food were either scarce or contaminated which only led to disease and malnutrition. Other times, they were again beaten up or died of torture. The infamous Bataan Death March is considered one of the worst atrocities committed in World War II. As such, it was one of the most dreaded memories of any Filipino or American Prisoner of War. b. Guerilla Subjugation Another significant aspect that should be focused on is the Japanese Army’s Guerilla subjugation. This issue raises concerns because it has been used as a perverted justification of imposing violence on Filipinos. In certain parts of the Philippines, such as Laguna and Batangas, World War II survivors attest to such harsh treatment of the Japanese. There were many instances of mass slaughter, where people were tied together and massacred in the name of “guerilla subjugation”.
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