Blackened Pearl

Except for scattered sniper pockets and a hard core of Japs holed up in three government buildings (see WORLD BATTLEFRONTS), Manila was finally free to face the future. General Douglas MacArthur lost no time in turning over the civil administration of the charred city—and of all liberated areas in the Philippines—to the Government of President Sergio Osmeña. In Malacanan Palace this week, MacArthur proclaimed: "You are now a liberated people. . . . On behalf of my Government, I now solemnly declare . . . the full powers under the Constitution are...

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