A Segundo Gube.
Q Where do you live?
A In Mataas-na-Lupa, Lipa, Batangas.
Q Were you in the City of Lipa on February 17, 1945?
A Yes, I was there.
Q That evening, at whose home were you?
A I was in the house of Mr. Dominador Luz.
Q He was the Mayor of Lipa at that time?
Q Did a Japanese come to his house that evening?
A Yes. One Japanese went to his house at about 9 o’clock in the evening.
Q Did you subsequently find out the name of that Japanese?
A When the Japanese left.
Q What was his name?
A The Mayor told us he was General Fujishige.
Q And did he say who General Fujishige was?
A Yes. He said he was the highest commanding officer at our place.
A We were in the next room.
Q What did Luz and Fujishige do?
A They sat near a table and talked.
Q Alright. What happened?
A When the General got drunk, he threw things on the table and then he shouted, “All Filipinos will be killed.”
GENERAL REYNOLDS: Will the reporter read the question and answer?
(Question and answer read.)
GENERAL REYNOLDS: The question and its answer will be stricken from the record.
CAPTAIN PACE: You may inquire.
CAPTAIN REEL: Is the ruling that the question and answer were to be stricken?
GENERAL REYNOLDS: Stricken from the record.
CAPTAIN REEL: Just one question, sir.
Q Don’t you know that he was kidnapped sometime about two or three months before you were at his house?
A No. I don’t know of his having been taken from Lipa.
Q Were you friendly with Mayor Luz?
Q And wasn’t Mayor Luz a collaborator?
Q And you knew that he was?
GENERAL REYNOLDS: The Commission will recess for approximately ten minutes.
|Photo taken during the war crimes trials in Manila. Image credit: U.S. National Archives.|
1 “Excerpts from the Testimony of Segundo Gube in U.S.A. v Tomoyuki Yamashita,” part of the U.S. Military Commission compilation of war crimes documentation, online at the Internet Archive.