I met with Cesar Virata to agree on a smooth turnover of the Office of the Prime Minister. He agreed but asked for time to meet with Batasan MP’s (KBL). My takeover was delayed because Virata said the Constitution requires that the Batasan must elect the PM. However with sympathetic KBL MP’s (Yñiguez/Virata/JPE plus UNIDO stalwarts, I am assured of a clear majority.
I asked (Ambassador Jose) Ingles to arrange my takeover of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cabinet meeting even on All Saints Day because of the urgency of the reorganization program:
2. Dept of Agrarian Reform
3. Dept of Information
4. Dept of Local Government and Community Development
5. Reorganization of:
1. Dept of Public Works
2. ” of Health
3. ” of Agriculture
Then the budgetary requirements with Sec. Cesar Virata and Com. Sychangco participating.
Infrastructure projects. Sec. Consunji and Com. Aquino still quarrelling. We had to resolve certain points.
1. Commuter trains from Manila to Carmona and Malolos
I ordered the release of ₱1.3 m
3. Rice procurement
Imelda is completely well but cannot yet play badminton.
Since we could not go personally we ordered the
Nov. 1st (Con’t)
placing of wreaths in the memorial to father in La Union and the Romualdez mausoleum in Tolosa, Leyte by the governors offices. I talked to Gov. Guerrero and Cong. Jose Asipiras. The latter also informed me that the small bamboo and nipa beach house in Agoo is now finished. We hope to go there by boat as the NE monsoon is now blowing anf it should be calm on the western side of Luzon. It would take 14 hours to get there by 777.
Imee is in New York for the Thanksgiving holidays. She had Thanksgiving dinner with the Flannigans (He is a White House Economic adviser). And she visits Princeton, Wellesley and choosing which university she goes to next year.
Irene is in Rome shopping while Bongbong is with Philip and Miguelito in London.
Imelda and I are so immersed in our work of Reformation and the New Society –the country has become our sole interest– for now at least.
Just arrived from the informal dinner given by Pres. and Mrs. Watanabe of the Asian Development Bank. Only Sec. & Mrs. Alex Melchor, Sec and Mrs. Cesar Virata and ADB Vice Pres. Krisna Moortli were present. Pres. Watanabe is retiring Dec. 25th.
It was a pleasant dinner with much story telling punctuated by laughter.
Proclaimed the emancipation of the tenant-farmer this morning. I attach a copy of my proclamation or decree. This should cause the actual start of the Reformation.
And gave a 1st month report of martial law.
Then met the labor leaders, the rural bankers, the governor, Liberal leaders and mayors of Masbate.
A Japanese straggler was killed and his companion wounded in Lubang yesterday by
Oct. 21st (Con’t)
the PC patrol they ambushed.
Camp Keithley in Marawi City is under attack by a band of outlaws who have taken over the MSU radio, raised the red flag and surrounded the PC Prov. Hq. of Maj. Marolomsar, Prov. Commander. Eight of our men have been killed (six outright at Pantar Bridge that leads to the city from Iligan) and one wounded while nine have been killed on the enemy side and one captured who is being interrogated.
Reinforcements being rushed to the besieged forces.
The enemy may number anywhere from 100 to 400. But PC Prov. Hq. under attack holding out.
Other Mindanao units alerted in case this attack is a signal of an uprising in all of Mindanao and Sulu.
Oct. 21st (Con’t)
I believe the attackers may be a combination of student radicals (KM and SDK) supported by outlaws. The red flag may show they are communist infiltrated or controlled.
And again this may be a diversion from the Luzon front where the communists are hard pressed.
Or a demonstration that the leaders I talked to and placated like the Alontos and Pendatun do not run things anymore.
Or again this may be a Pendatun and Alonto play to gain a stronger bargaining position.
But we are not going to bargain. We will hit them hard.
Have just arrived from the wedding of Kits Tatad at Greenhills Church and reception at Intercontinental. Well attended by newspaper people including those who do not wish us well.
Received the letter of Nonong signed Manuel L. Quezon Jr., expressing happiness over “my gentlemanly letter” that “vindicated the honor of father and sister by rejecting the unjust imputations and insinuations levelled at them.” Formal and a little cold, I thought.
Vice Pres. Lopez wrote me insisting upon his power to control and supervise the Bureau of Forestry including the issuance of licenses. But I am certain this is done by his men who wish to continue collecting from the licenses.
I worked on the oil concession applications. And asked Ting Paterno and Cesar Virata to finish the letter to the Jacintos on the IISMI converting government preferred shares to common voting shares and putting IISMI under a new management, foreign if necessary.