Saturday, Jan. 6, 1940

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Conference at Malacanang — 11:00 to 1:15

Present — Sec Sison, Valdes, Francisco, Lim, Garcia, Segundo, [illegible], De Jesus

Subject — Justification of proposed cut of budget. Loss of confidence in MacArthur expressed by the Pres. He expects MacArthur to pull out when budget is reduced.

McA failures — He failed to tell Pres. that 16 million is only for training purposes. He failed to explain Mindanao defense. He places too much confidence on contingencies that may not happen.

Trend of the President’s thoughts —

1. Country can not defend itself under present plan

2. Money could be better used by altering present plans.

3. Peoples that have interest in the govt must be the ones to be prepared as then they shall defend the govt.

4. Interest of American armament — to be able to dictate terms of peace at end of war.

5. Japanese interest — to share in wealth of country, to be master of the Orient. Pres. Q does not believe Japan will come to the Phil and risk a war with America as America is one of her best trade customers.

Pres. Q. requests the General Staff to exert its utmost to provide the countrys defense after McA. leaves.

Pres. Q. argues with Gen. Staff memo on reduction of budget. The Army needs as presented are considered vital by him.

 

 

 

Played Polo today —


Thursday, January 4, 1940

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General Conference at Malacanang — 10:30-1:00

Subject — Defensibility of Islands —

Present: Sec. Sison, McA, Sutherland, Lim, Garcia, Segundo, [illegible], De Jesus, Magtoto — President Q Presiding–

Discussion — Pres. outlines history of McA. [illegible] Defensibility of Islands —

McA. quizzed by the Pres. on basis of his plan — Does it envision US.N. employment

McA. says no — He pretends his plan is self sufficient. He outlines Far Eastern balance of power as the thing that will insure independence. His opinion is six months of war, after that intervention by US or other power. He fails to answer Pres. Q on question of Mindanao —

Gen. Staff — opinion on budget reduction presented.

 

 

Called as witness. Quintero case.


Wednesday, January 3, 1940

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Breakfast at Malacanang — 7:30 —

Present — Sec. Sison, Morato, Garcia, Segundo, President.

Subject of discussion — Army budget and possibilities —

Gen. Staff conference — 10:00 re budget reduction

I was detailed to write the report.

 

 

Worked all night in connection with Gen. Staff report re budget reduction.


Saturday Aug 12/39

Conference w/ Eisenhower on various matters, re Velasquez & Garcia etc. He tells me about Gen V not being able to function on the basis of principles, that he always work on the basis of personal loyalty. This statement was made when I told him about Gen V promising the Scout officers their assignments. He said that he had told Gen V not to make any commitments in order to retain the freedom of assignments later.


July 29, 1939

Tea at Lim’s –Dalao, Romero, Manzano Moran absent. Pacita was present. Lim talks and traces the case of the Scouts. Most of his talk was on his resignation and the chanfe in the relation of Mil. Adv. to Army. Everything was brought out about the new offer of the Chief of Staff in the form of the letter signed by Vargas.

Sevilla, Amado, Olivares were somewhat positive against. Garcia A was the other way. Victor wanted concerted action either to accept, or not to accept. Garcia A objecting.

I gave an estimate of the situation as follows: The case consists of two parts: loyalty which is a problem bet. officers and the President, and rank which was a question between the officers and McArthur but which is no longer so but has become a problem between Pres. and McArthur.

Everybody unanimous on loyalty and service including Olivares. Some difference in opinion on rank, most of the officers wanting no rank. Joe Garcia the only one who accepts everything. He has already accepted by letter to Valdes. [Illegible], Santos, Janaino, Cabuya not vocal. Amado, Sevilla, Garcia A and Olivares, vocal.

I brought up question of Woodring Vitalization bill. All unanimous with respect to my suggestion to include in it a Phil Scout rider.

Lim speaks about his interviews with Pres. Q. including his plan of retirement for Scout Officers so that no loss of retired pay will vault to such officers.

Joe Garcia said that this letter which is so well written was probably a maneuver of the Gen. Staff to get these officers into a frame of mind not so favorable so that when something more favorable turns up later these same officers will be so satisfied. I remarked that this was a wrong estimate. I said Col Garcia can tell the whole story which he did on the letter written about their places in the water which provoke this present offer fr. Vargas.


July 28, 1939

News in Bulletin re Scout Officers not accepting offer.

I went to see Valdes on this news.

Valdes sent for Lim. Lim agrees with my information that news must have come from Olivares. Lim remarks it was a mistake to have called Olivares. Valdes says he called Moran and Olivares on his own hook in order to know their reactions too. He said that he made it clear to them that they were not included among those he was instructed to contact. Valdes asked me my estimate of the situation as to who will accept and who will not. I told him that all except Olivares, German, Romero, probably all will accept some with reservations some without. He spoke of the letter of Garcia A which he let us read. He said Santos has also accepted. We discussed about the best thing for Scout officers to do. I maintained that they must all show their loyalty, that it would be the best to all concerned if they accept without any rank to avoid embarrassments. Lim said he agreed with me. Valdes said that MacA will probably object as this status was the very thing that provoke the issue last September. Valdes gave an estimate of the Pres. He said that the Pres can not disown MacA acts now, but once these officers are in the Pres will do something for them.

We concluded the meeting with the promise of V. to back up the Gen Staff for higher rank for these officers. He said “absolutely” to my statement that provided he would stand by that statement that it would probably help the situation if these officers knew this stand of V. I radioed Amando telling him of this important development and that he must not miss tea at the Lims tomorrow. This is a new development.


Friday, June 23, 1939

Gen. MacArthur talks about Scout officers trying to argue and gain the point that there was no such promise about the one and the two rank in promotion. He tried to argue that the position of PS officers as determined by Valdez-Garcia-Ord board was in case they quit the USA and that their position as offered them in the damned letter was lower because they were no longer to be forced to quit their US ranks. He also said something about the WD being opposed to Mex rank of USA officers and that the position in promotion list of these officers was more or less determined by the WD. This is contrary to what Col E previously told me. Col E. also cleared up his position by saying that there was such an understanding. Lim and Garcia also said that there was such an understanding.

On my turn I said the following:

(a) That the rank given these officers by the board which he Gen MacA was allowing was not sufficient to give them the same pay even with their US retired pay.

(b) That the officers did not participate and were not heard as to their opinions about this rank and therefore it was too optimistic to presume they would accept such ranks.

(c) That Col Ord sitting in the board was probably trying to carry the understanding of placing these officers at the top of Majors above Velasco, but that he had forgotten that the Constabulary officers had already received their promotion. It must be remembered that the promise of one rank was made in 1935 before the general promotions of Constabulary officers.

(d) That I was the author of the Act 150 which gave double retirement to Gen L & Capinpin in order to ease up retirement.

(e) That there was no distinction as to the reason why there were two positions offered them — that fixed by the V-D-G board above Velasco and the one offered in letter, that quitting or not quitting the US as a condition did not enter their minds as the ultimate end was to quit the USA and that any position offered was to be their final position if and when they quit the US.

I now understood where L got his argument with me on the 13th about the failure of Scouts to get assimilated rank as due to their own hindrance. He was just helping MacA perpetuate a great hoax. McA probably told him to help him straighten the situation.

We had a hot argument about redistributing. I opposed H and G. Re Negros and Mindanao –my arguments won. McA sided with me. V –remarked when I went to office in the afternoon that my ideas won.