Thursday, Jan. 11, 1940

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Met for reconsideration of Maj. Castillo’s detail to school.

Had hot arguments re Laconico. Reyes moves for reconsideration of Villaflor. Garcia as usual shows share of lack of moral courage. He had made up his mind to send Laconico. Maybe Mrs. Alano has talked to him. Basis of selection — nothing.

Favouritism in the wind. Selection is illogical. If it is intended to select the best Filipino representation the records are available.

Laconico 6th in a class of probationaries in elementary gunnery. It is immoral for anyone to vote for Laconico in the face of known facts. De Jesus says he does not know Villaflor. A fine way to give a vote. Irregular. Garcia uses roadroller tactics because he is chairman. This is also immoral. Garcia objects to refer selection to Senior Ist at Dau for fear of adverse vote.


Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1940

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Met w Lim re Castillo.

A rumpus develops re Galvez.

Lim says Valdes will not use favouritism anymore. I laugh. Look at the case of Galvez. Amado was present to give light on how Valdes extended Galvez. Favouritism again. Valdez circularized me re this mutt, and I indicated that he was no grad, yet he gave him an extension because Galvez father had spoken to Valdez at wedding of Aguilar’s daughter and had also written him a letter.

Where are we going to end.


Monday, Jan. 8, 1940

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Schedule of breakfast & conference at Malacanang suspended probably due to Pampanga strike.

Conference w Lim, Garcia, De Jesus, [illegible] re atand on reorganization. De Jesus or [illegible] will propose separation of Constabulary.

I am preparing the synopsis of stand of Gen. Staff.

Centro Escolar — Mrs. Mendez & Mrs. Rodriguez want auxiliary service organized in their school. I believe they want to use this information for advertisement.


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.


Friday, June 2, 1939

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Meeting at MacArthur’s Office. Present. His staff and the general staff.

Macarthur talks at length on the history of scattered camps, trying to justify their establishment. He recognizes however the fact that in as much as the president relieves him of the political phase of the national defense, he (MacArthur) has no more alternative. He appointed a preparatory committee consisting of Eisenhower, Southerland and myself to present recommendation in a month. MacArthur insinuated that the subject of concentration was brought to the president’s attention not thru him. This was a wrong procedure, he says as when a subject is presented to the president, there should be combined agreements and opinion of all the military men concerned. Divided opinions of military men

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on military subject always destroys the effectiveness. At the end of the conference, Lim said that when the president calls for the information direct from us, we don’t have the alternative but give the information to him, insinuating thereby that the question of concentration was asked by the president himself. This insinuation of Lim is false as Lim himself used the concentration issue as one of the causes of his resignation by claiming that on this vital issue, he would not agree with the military advisers office. (On our way to Malacañan, Lim made a remark to me in which he implied that he was the author of the concentration. This is more of Lims habitual lies. I wrote the study originally

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without consultation with Lim. There are several other cases where Lim tried to steal credit for original ideas.