Diary of Fidel Segundo

Tuesday, October 4, 1938

Col Garcia and myself reported to Pres Q t 10:00 AM –we did not leave until 11:30. He told us of the same thing he told Lim –that he did not know of the promise of rank and that we are not receiving per diem. He said a soldiers role is service and that a soldier who does not desire to serve is no good — that a soldier can refuse to serve on only one ground and that is his honor. Now he says he does not condemn these officers after he understands that the Mil. Adv. has not lived up to his word. He explained that we look up to him as President then the Mil. Adv. as his representative — that the Mil. Adv. has his assistants whose words or promise the Mil. Adv. must uphold and which he cannot disclaim. Here is a violation of honor. He said he disapproved all reconsideration on account of his lack of proper information. He mentioned Catalan whose career from the ground up he admires. He asked what the trouble with Moran is and Garcia explained re per diem. Pres Q asked about Moran’s saying that he need not obey anybody in Hades as he has no boss. Garcia explained this. He asked about O citizenship and that he has heard O is going to be an American citizen. We disclaimed knowledge of this.

Interrupted by telephone from Mike E at Washington. Pres Q told Mike to give hell to Donalley and not to listen to political pleadings in the conduct of his office.

Spoke of cadres–

Spoke of dual ownership of mil. reservations in connection with Iloilo cadre & air company.

He spoke of the boner committed by Mil. Adviser on his initial estimate of 16 million which he (Mil Adv.) does not want to acknowledge. Pres Q says that he was willing to give more money for Nat. Def. saying that there will be 20 million more pesos in revenue yearly as a result of his taxation hoard. I brought up the issue of concern — taxation and the reasons for it. He mentioned Catalan having been a house boy of Joe Yulo. He spoke of Joe Garcia’s letter and said that any body that writes a letter like Joe wrote is not mature. He asked whether MacA ever consults with us and I brought up the subject of one sided consultation. He spoke about inspections and asked if MacA ever goes out to make these inspections and the answer was no. Col G. said MacA staff consults with us but not MacA himself. He described how he would have handled the affair himself.

He finally said that he will find a way to settle this question later and that he will send for MacA and Gen S.

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