Diary of Dwight D. Eisenhower

January 10, 1939

Recently I gave a luncheon for 40 people at the Manila Hotel in honor of Gen. Santos, retiring Chief of Staff, and of Gen. Valdes, newly appointed to that post. The circumstances under which the change was made, gave a popular impression that everyone, including this office, was trying to kick Santos out. My luncheon was given, in the hope that Santos could make some “face” –so dear to the Oriental– through the implication that his transfer to his new job was really a promotion! He’s a much abler man than his successor, but he’s a “tan” and that condemns him in the eyes of the Mestizo group, and that group runs the P.I. Sec. Alunan is Santos’ new boss.