After about four or five days in temporary quarters, American POWS were ordered to empty storerooms for transportation to Manila. Small Japanese sanpans were loaded and journeyed to Manila.
All day long hundreds of tons of cracked wheat, flour and canned foods were carried to the docks. There was no place to get water except on one side of the road leading to cold storage where there were some small cliffs and water was dripping through. There, the POWS would catch a few drops of water to quench their thirst amid shouts from the Japanese guards to move on. Anybody caught appropriating any canned food would be beaten up and the food or liquid taken away. But some of the men were a little lucky.
A Navy storeroom in Craig Hill was being loaded and the men were able to eat a large amount of food because the guards were outside the storeroom and would not come in. They would shout at the men to keep moving the stores. Inside the storeroom, a certain number of men would open some canned goods, eat their fill and then another lot of men would eat while the fed men would carry the stores out.
Most of the stores taken from Fort Hughes, Corregidor and other islands were sold to Filipinos in Manila. Shopkeepers bought them voluntarily or were forced to accept the stores for cash. Probably some of the shops were very glad to get American canned foods, particularly the Washington Grocery, which had a large advertisement in the Japanese-owned English newspaper sold in Manila. Some of these papers were given to the American prisoners.
The Washington Grocery advertised hard-to-get American canned foods like coffee, flour and many more items. None of the stores looted in the Philippines were ever seen again by the Americans.
All the medical supplies were taken away by the Japanese and only a very tiny amount found its way to the Bilibid Prison, which was more or less a receiving station for POWS in Manila.
A large amount of radio supplies were taken intact by the Japanese along with telephones, copper wire, desks, telephone extension desks, typewriters, electrical fixtures, tools and hundreds of small arms, which were put into large piles outside the tunnel entrance. In all, the Japanese really made out in loot captured on Corregidor and Fort Hughes, although much of the supplies on Fort Hughes were damaged.
After the surrender, out of thirty or forty power boats fewer boats were afloat. The piers on Fort Hughes were nearly all demolished. The U.S.S. Luzon, ex-Yangtze River gunboat, was captured intact. Provisions had been made to blow the gunboat up, but they were never carried out.
All the stores and fittings except engines and necessary equipment to keep the ship navigable had been removed. This gunboat came in handy to the enemy, as they used her to ferry troops between Manila and Corregidor.
The enemy were quick to use anything that would help them in their conquest of the Philippines. Most of the heavy and light guns were so badly damaged that the enemy would be unable to use them. Some of the defenders of Corregidor figured the enemy would remove all the fortress guns and substitute their own. Also, rumors were that the enemy would not waste the time putting in new guns as they were of the opinion they would not be necessary now that the Americans were defeated and their fleet scattered or destroyed.
The Japanese people and militarists were in the firm belief that the Americans would surrender quickly or come to peace terms. The prisoners were told the conquest of the American continent would follow in short order.
The pictures of the bombing of Manila of prominently shown at every movie house. The Japanese pilots who participated in Pearl Harbor were looked upon as gods, and anything the survivors said was believed without question.