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.


Tuesday, June 13, 1939

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lim & I almost came to blows in his office, Garcia the silent witness.

He made this statement — “The failure of the Scout officers to be given assimilated rank is not the fault of the P.I. government. It is the fault of their own hindrance.” I asked him what meant and he repeated the same statement. I told him he did not mean that and that if he meant what he said he was all wrong. I then told him that it was the fault of a law which the Scout officers here powerless to interpret –whether acceptance of PA commission would cause them to lose their US commissions. Lim talked in a manner to imply that these Scout officers should quit the way he did saying he quit the USA even though there was no retired pay coming to him and that he was going to accept the PA commission. I told him he was all “baloney” for I knew how he had opposed his own retirement and that I knew the radio he tried to send to Villamin in the name of Reyes. He tried to lie about this but he was caught cold. He tried to bluff me by saying — “Do not put into my mouth what I do not mean.” I told him to learn to say what he means, and that as long as I live nobody could blame the Scout officers for their failure to be assimilated. He grew very angry and said “Do not say that again in front of me” to which I said I was going to say what I believe as long as I am alive, and that I did not care what he did. He sobered down then.

The trouble is — Lim is trying to side with the Constabulary so that they will be for him when the choice comes for C of S. He is sacrificing the Scouts because he gets nothing from them.

Lim further said — “Do not be a lawyer for these Scouts for I am as good a lawyer for them.” I replied “I am not trying to be a lawyer for anybody. I am one of them and I am defending myself. You are a much better lawyer than I am.”

I fought today singlehanded and in turn —

Garcia, Lim, Eisenhower and Valdez who all tried to put these officers at the bottom of the Lt Cols. I proposed the higher officers to be placed in middle of Lt Cols and Joe G, Guevara, Pob. at the bottom. Lim wanted to put these last three above Velasco.

Garcia was reconciled to my recommendation so was E and V. after some argument.


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.


June 1, 1939 Thursday

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–Thursday–

Meeting at Malacañan. Present — President and Secretary Vargas, the full staff of the Military Adviser and the members of the general staff. Valdez, Lim Garcia and myself. The pres. addresses the council by saying that from time to time he will call this body together and discuss important matter in the manner of a war council. He talked on three subjects, namely concentration, cadres for training purposes (my general study) compulsory R.O.T.C. units for all universities and quartering R.O.T.C. cadets in government owned barracks. On the subject of concentration, he says that as a result of his inspection he is virtually convinced that concentration is the proper thing. MacArthur tried to present his side by saying that the scattered cadres were decided upon in order to develop nationalism in the various localities. The pres. stopped him short by saying that the development of nationalism

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among the people is a political phase of the national defense and not a military phase, and as the political head of the nation, he is charged with this mission and the MacArthur confine himself strictly to the military phase. He told MacArthur that in his national defense planning he should disregard political influences. The president himself will face the legislature and the people in such subject. After the discussion, MacArthur promised to present to him in a month a plan for concentration. (MacArthur argument in developing nationalism by the scattered cadres is falacious. A man develops nationalism irrespective of where he trains and the influence of such a soldier is the same whether he trains at home or in some other locality) On the subject of compulsory R.O.T.C. trainings for all universities, the president says that his secretary of justice has rendered his opinion that the

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president is empowered to compell all universities to establish R.O.T.C. units. MacArthur remarked that it was probably necessary to compell them as he was advised by the general staff of the willingness of the heads of the institution to establish on invitation such R.O.T.C. units; nevertheless the president says that he is going to issue an executive order compelling all institution to establish R.O.T.C. units. On the subject of quartering cadets in government owned barracks, MacArthur said that he will have that subject more closely studied, and a report will be rendered to the president.

Next Day. June 2.


Thursday, May 18, 1939

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The president calls for me to be at Camp Claudio early. I was there before he called. We inspected the horses and the stables. He saw the troops drilled. He asked me about the troop commander and I reported that the troop commander was about to be tried and probably he would be dismissed. He asked me of the offense and I said that it was immorality. My impression was that he is inclined to be lenient for offenders of this kind. I had his horse saddled up and the jump arranged. I gave him a demonstration on [illegible] and he was very much drilled.

At 9:30 he comes to headquarters to inspect.He looked over some offices downstairs and that came to Valdez office. We had a conference on the subject of concentration. P[illegible] wa present at this conference. He asked several questions. He asked

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to what extent we could reduce the number of trainees. I expressed the opinion that we should not reduce too much the number of trainees as the number figured is for local defense. On his suggestion that we have only a few thousand trainees near Manila, I said that policy would be disastrous. If we had only a few thousand concentrated near Manila, it would be necessary to give them plenty of mobility so that they could be moved to the threatened area quickly. This is contradictory to the MacArthur plan of local defense where the reservist of one locality defend that locality.

We are invited to luncheon at 1 oclock. We did not leave the palace until 4:30. He talked on various subject. The Montilla case the recall of the Scout officers, the case of Laconico and Villareal, the case of Torres. On the subject of Laconico and Villareal he said that

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Valdes brought my letter of protest to him accusing me of disloyalty in view of the fact that I tried to protest a decision which had already been rendered. The president said he could not understand how I could be accused of disloyalty for presenting my views. It was only after I had known the decision that I could express my opinion. He said he sent for MacArthur to find out the practice in the U.S. army whether a subordinate who express his opinion is considered disloyal. MacArthur told him “No,” provided such opinion were expressed thru proper channel. He told MacArthur he was glad of such advice as he was determined that such an expression by a subordinate did not constitute disloyalty and that he would have issued an order that it was not disloyal if in the U.S. Army, such act was considered disloyal. He looked at me said

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“Segundo that was a strong letter.” He quoted my statement avout personal circumstances and personal liason. He did not understand what I meant so he asked Sec. Vargas what I meant and Vargas said that Laconico is Santos aid and the son-in-law of Assemblyman Alano, then he understood. He ordered the name of Laconico removed from the list right away. Later we talked about Villareal and I said Villareal was not the best to go to school. The President said that it was only thru my letter that he knew such things were happening.

He spoke about the 6 hr. conference with MacArthur, the one published in the papers. He did not want the subject of this conference published or communicated to anyone. It was about the creation of the Department of National Defense.


Wednesday, May 17, 1939

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Lim takes his oath. The Military Adviser’s Office, all the Philippine Army officers from Lt Col up and all the officers of the Constabulary from [?] up in Manila except Gen Francisco, present. Members of the Cabinet also present. After the oath taking and picture taking, the President directs that all P.A. and Constabulary officers remain. He starts by saying that what he was going to say was the result of his intuition and that nobody had told him. He said he was going to talk with his “corazon en tu mano.” He felt that there was no full cooperation between the Scout Officers and the Const. Officers. He said the Scout Officers fill [feel] themselves superior because of their training and Const. Officers are jealous and suspicious because the Scout Officers are getting the rank away from them. At the beginning of the Nat. Def there were only two sources from which I could draw the officer personnel with which to build the Army — the Constabulary & the Scouts. The Constabulary had proven to be good police officers. Since the P.I. Army is the same gov’t, I did not doubt their loyalty since the Scout Officers were officers of the [illegible] I was not sure of their loyalty but

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by _______ I inferred that they were also loyal because loyalty to America doesn’t mean their loyalty to their own country. And I was very glad indeed when a delegation of these officers came to see me to offer their services. In this visit of their repres. I gathered from the conversation that they were apprehensive of the future of the Nat. Def. unless a man of mil training was selected as chief-of-staff. You know, I appointed Santos, a retired major of the Constabulary, without any mil training, passing over Gen Valdes who was then Chief of Const. and several Cols and Lt. Cols. senior to him. This was a test of loyalty for the senior Const. officers and also for the Scouts, because of their stand as to who the chief of staff should be. I found that the Const. officers were loyal, & I was very glad indeed when the Scout officers volunteered their services for then I was doubly sure of their loyalty despite the Santos selection. Then happened the unfortunate incident when sev. of the Scout officers left the Phil. Army. I was mad and I told Gen. MacArthur to get rid of all the Scout officers but I started my own investigation & found that there was a misunderstanding more our fault than theirs. We did not keep

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our side of the bargain; we did not live up to our promise. The officers that stayed after this proved themselves again to be loyal to the gov’t. I am going to get back most of these officers who left the Phil. Army –not all of them. You of Const. have no kick. Some of you have received two or three promotions. Were it not for the Phil. army many of you would die majors whereas many of you are Cols & Lt Cols today. The Const. are not trained in a mil. sense. Naturally, they do not do the mil. work of this army. Most of the Scout officers were trained as young men in the U.S. They served long years in the U.S. Army, doing nothing but mil. work. Some of them have had further schooling in U.S. Army Schools. They each have the the experience of commanding big bodies of troops. I don’t understand why misunderstanding should arise and I want both groups of officers to feel alike & equal in manhood and worthiness. I found many liars and crooks among the Const. officers, [?] of courts-martial who don’t appreciate the seriousness of lying and cheating, & I want to get rid of these officers. This is the only way we can build our army, as no army is better than its corp of officers. I am going to clean up this army of all its

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crooks! I want you to honor, respect & love that uniform, love it more than your wife, your children & home. By your own sense of honor you should refuse to associate with these liars and crooks who are wearing this uniform and you should clean them up yourselves! He concluded by saying he wanted to thank the Mil. Adv. for his services, & the Scout officers for their loyalty

& the former Const. officers for their loyalty.

He mentioned about the the ultimate goal of the man who goes to U.S.M.A. by saying that preparation is for his own people & not for the U.S. this is shown by the fact that Annapolis grads are not commissioned in the US Navy.

In talking about the Scout officers that left the Phil. Army, he mentioned the fact that these Scout officers are not given the rank that used to be given to Amer. officers detailed in the Const. He said that any Capt. detailed in the Const. was made a full Col. The reason for this is clear he said. These Amer. officers were temporarily assigned to the Const, whereas these Scout officers are to occupy permanent position in the Phil. Army.


Saturday, April 23, 1939

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I decide to quit the Philippine Army today. I will write Valdez my feelings about the selection of Laconico to the FA school. I will assert broadly that he could not pass the course, and will not be a credit to the PA or to the Filipino people.

In my letter to the President requesting relief I will state — I am subjected to a severe strain amidst a surroundings where decisions are made not on sound military precepts but on expediencies, where reward is given not on the demonstrated result of effort but on how close you are to those who that make decisions, where honesty and convictions are not the basis of decisions but the desire to please. My character rebels under these surroundings and I can not give my best to my work. I lose faith in

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the future of the army unless more strict adherence to principles is made I work on only one  principle — that principle of carrying out a military objective on the basis of righ and wrong. I have only one standard. I can not function in an atmosphere of varying standards.

I will tell the President — In this my last act as an officer of the Philippine Army I want to thank the President for reposing in me his confidence as shown by my commission and in the several conferences on important matters in which he sought my opinions.