Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

December 22, 1941 – Monday

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Attended Cabinet Meeting at 8 a.m. at Marikina as Chief of Staff. Attended office afterwards. Anxiously waiting for news from the front. The enemy is pushing on. Our forces are outnumbered and out-gunned. The bombing and strafing by planes is damaging our troops.

At 8 p.m. the President called me by phone and asked me to go to Marikina. I rushed to Marikina. He told me that he was going to appoint me Secretary of National Defense in addition to being Chief of Staff. He asked me if I was willing to leave my family. I answered that I was a soldier and as such I was ready to go wherever sent. He asked me to keep it confidentially.

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