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Roy Anthony Cutaran Bennett (1913 April 6, Bayombong, Cagayan Valley, Philippines – 1990 November 11, Rosemead, California, USA) was the outspoken editor of the Manila Bulletin before and during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.[1]

Imprisonment[edit | edit source]

For 13 months prior to liberation of the Philippines by combined American and Filipino forces in 1945, Bennett was imprisoned and tortured in Santo Tomas Internment Camp and Fort Santiago by the Japanese for his writings opposing the military expansion of the Japanese Empire.[2] His refusal to cooperate with the Japanese occupiers, who desired to use the newspapers as a propaganda organ under their censorship, became symbolic motivation to Filipinos to intensify their resistance.[3]

Family background[edit | edit source]

Bennett was one of four children of Roy DeWitt Bennett (1884–1968)[4] and Josefa Camaguian Cutaran Bennett (1884–1949).[5] Roy Anthony Cutaran Bennett's sister Helen Cutaran Bennett became Foreign Secretary for Philippine President Elpidio Quirino.[6]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Magno-Veluz, Mona (2011-03-02). "Roy Anthony Cutaran Bennett (1913–1990)". http://www.geni.com/people/Roy-Anthony-Bennett/6000000011626535516. Retrieved 2012-10-29. [better source needed]
  2. "Modern marvels". 2012-10-29. 
  3. "The Bennetts' noble legacy to Filipinos". 2012-10-25. http://missosology.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=148874. Retrieved 2012-12-19.  That article contains other information on the Bennetts, who descended from George Washington's bodyguard Rufus Bennett (1754-1842).[better source needed]
  4. "Bios of notable Thomasites". 2011-06-21. http://angkangpilipino.com/2011/06/21/bios-of-notable-thomasites/#bennett. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  5. Magno-Veluz, Mona (2011-03-02). "Josefa Camaguian Cutaran Bennett (1884–1949)". http://www.geni.com/people/Josefa-Cutaran/6000000011626672403. Retrieved 2012-10-29. [better source needed]
  6. Ocampo, Michael (2009-06-01). "80.1936, Miss Luzon, Miss Visayas, Miss Mindanao". http://manilacarnivals.blogspot.com/2009/06/80-1936-miss-luzon-miss-visayas-miss.html. Retrieved 2012-10-30.  Helen Cutaran Bennett had also been selected Miss Visayas in the 1936 pageant. She was born in 1911 and was still alive as of 2009.[better source needed]

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