THE PHILIPPINES: The Metal in Our Being

During the three years of Japanese occupation of the Philippines, stocky, brilliant Tomás Confesor, 54, hid out in the lofty, mist-drenched mountains of Panay. There he calmly continued to conduct the affairs of his office as governor in exile of Iloilo Province and later of all Panay.

Last week, when U.S. troops swarmed on to Panay (see WORLD BATTLEFRONTS), Tomás Confesor was gone. He was in Manila, where President Sergio Osmena had appointed him Secretary of Interior in the new Cabinet (see cut). He was also the Mayor of Manila.

In his two new posts Tomás Confesor was both happy and busy....

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