Once more a meeting of the Nacionalistas in the house of Celestino Rodriguez. Quezon tells me he cannot help admire Osmeña’s serenity because, when he visited Osmeña at midnight last night to exchange views on the underhanded blow from the Democratas, he found Osmeña optimistic and even smiling.
In truth, Osmeña has now begun to work seriously, and he was not surprised to see the change in the Nacionalista representatives. In the meeting, strong words were crossed between Osmeña and Lozano. Osmeña delivered a brilliant and heated speech which produced an excellent impression. The vote was almost unanimous.
In the afternoon, at 1:30, Quezon came to the house to read to me the statement he is thinking of releasing before signing the Pacto de Inteligencia. In the evening, Roxas was elected Speaker.
Meeting of the Nacionalistas in the house of Celestino Rodriguez. The situation begins to improve. In the evening, the Democratas gave the fatal blow, voting solidly for Mariano Jesus Cuenco for Speaker.
[Note: In the book, this entry is only labeled “October,” and precedes the extracts of the October 22-26, 1922 diary entries reproduced in the same book; for the purpose of this website this entry has been assigned the date October 1]
The fight between the Nacionalistas and the Colectivistas is becoming very interesting. Quezon and Osmeña are once more playing the major roles. In view of the fact that no party has obtained a clear majority in any of the two chambers, the Democratas are now making love to Osmeña. The plan is to form a coalition between the Nacionalistas and the Democratas against Quezon. There are many fingers in the pie, it is said. Some belong to local Americans, among whom is an Auditor who has examined the accounts of the Manila Railroad and found there anomalies. Midnight meetings are being held with this American present, together with Sumulong, and several others. General Wood himself is suspected to be in on the plot.