Played 4 periods of polo.
Played 4 periods of polo.
Met at Carabao wallow in connection w Army relief horseshow. Made some suggestions. Gen Grant presided meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Went to visit new house w Mariano.
Initial game of the season — Los T —
Had General Pratt sit in fron w Pres Q. Phil Army band assisting.
Angel went to Novaliches for Francisco’s party.
Went to Tellie Albert’s piano concert.
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 —
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.
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.