Barak Obama, 44th President of the United States (2008) by George Clack (Editor)

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And so, for all of Romulo’s former staff members, I said goodbye. I broadcast to Dr. Carlos P. ” We did, too. Not one of Romulo’s writing staff sold out to the enemy. Integnan, his city editor, died by torture to keep that faith. I snapped off the mike, faded in the music, waited the remaining minutes of my program to turn the booth over to the regular announcer, then tried not to walk too fast out of the station, into the street, around the corner. The Japs had recently kept check by tuning in on what went over their air.

Would Evans, would Keeler, would Diller with MacArthur’s forces, hear my voice, know it was I, listen, listen sharp, realize where to find me to deliver my orders, chapter 1 • 1 1 my orders or anybody’s orders? Would the Voice of Freedom “from somewhere in the Philippines” answer and think twice and be careful—sort of remember where I was? While I waited, I tightroped and triple-talked in and out of the Japanese-censored scripts, trying to accomplish three things: advise the truculent, unarmed Manilans to look before they leaped; tip off the Voice of Freedom what to say instead of what it was saying; inform the Filipino-American forces by the most delicate innuendo what was going on behind enemy lines, innuendo so obscure sometimes that only mental telepathy could decode it.

He had perfect up-slanting cats’ eyes with the upper lids almost straight across the eye, hiding part of the pupils. High rosy cheekbones flanked the button of a nose, and an elfin grin curved up from a boy’s round, half-formed chin. The eyebrows were sharply defined, and above a good brow was a shock of stiff black hair that, short or long, jutted in all directions like coconut husk. For the rest, he had fine, broad shoulders, a Colonial Dame waist, short, bandy legs. He might have been five-foot three, twenty years old, a hundred fifteen pounds.

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