Jose Abad Santos live and died for our country.
“It is a rare opportunity for me to die for our country. Not everybody is given that chance.”
When the Japanese occupied the Philippines, Jose Abad Santos chose to remain in the country and fulfill his role as Chief Justice rather than join the government in exile of Manuel L. Quezon in Washington D.C. And when he was arrested by the Japanese, he chose to die rather than swear allegiance to them.
Noong nasakop ng mga hapon ang Pilipinas, mas pinili nya na manatili sa bansa at gampanan ang kanyang tungkulin bilang Punong Mahistrado kaysa sumama sa government in exile ni Manuel L. Quezon sa Washington D.C. At nang madakip siya ng mga dayuhan, pinili niya na mamatay kaysa manumpa ng katapatan sa mga ito.