Diary of Ferdinand E. Marcos

June 14, 1972 Wednesday

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Malacañan Palace

Manila

Libingan ng mga Bayani – Wreath laying on the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb after the mass for President Garcia. Bessang Pass Day.

The breakfast at Fort Bonifacio and the inauguration of the Armed Forces Museum at the Supply Center at Fort Aguinaldo.

T.J. George (and Indian) interview for The Far Eastern Review.

Delegate Quintero appeared before the Cover Committee on Privileges up to 11:00 AM and indentified envelopes where the money had been kept including one bearing the office of the Speaker and another of my office. The memorandum to the First Lady dated Feb. 10, 1971 was rejected by the Committee. This is the memorandum where he mentions his serious financial difficulties referred to in is later letter to Delegate Gabriel Yniguez of April 1, 1971.

After the breakfast I addressed the USAFIP, NL veterans of whom I am still National Commander. I reminded them about how happy we were that we had lived through the war but I remembered many sad things too.

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logging concession. But I warned that there must be no selfishness in this enterprise. And the profits must all go to the veterans who are most in need – not to be the highest ranking but to those most in need.

I called for brotherhood and unity.

T.J. George, who wrote a book on Krishna Menon, says he is sad that the First Lady is not running for President for he is all for her. He has nothing but admiration for her.

He favors my position that American influence, the most visible of which is the military bases, must be eradicated.

And he marched with the KMs, The SDKs and the MDP and SDKP from the south. And he was surprised at the discipline and talent and preparation as well as the eloquence of the few leaders. God the intensity of the feelings of the young followers who were mostly students of 14 to 16 and who

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did not understand what they are marching for.

But he feels that such intensity of feeling which is lacking in the paid demonstrators of Kerala, India, may break out into violence in a year or two.

I told him the subversives will probably wait for me to retire before they try a grab for the government.

But he must have suspected what I was thinking thou because he asked me if there was a possibility I might declare martial law in the future.

I told him that I do not believe there will be any violence during the rest of my term.

He believes that the Concon is dead and cannot write a constitution.

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