Col. Eisenhower comes to see me today. He talks first about an inspection report. We then talk about our troubles. He tells me of MacArthur’s wrong ideas because he does not want to disagree with anyone. His pay is too great and he would not lose it for anything. Col E tells me that he has taken more on the chin than I have, that MacA has called him an ingrate and other names when he E chooses to disagree with him. He gives me a straight code thus — When money consideration looms larger than your desire to do the right thing you have nothing left in you. I tell him about what Manzano said some years ago and how I resented Manzano’s remarks about their honesty. I asked him about my future in this army and he said that I am singled out for something great by Pres. Q himself.
President Quezon sends for us. [Vicente] Lim sends me a radio to Dau. Breakfast at Lim with Garcia.
Present at meeting –Pres. Q. Sec[. Jorge B.] Vargas and the three of us, later Auditor Hernandez and Comptroller Marabut. Pres. Q[uezon] asks this Question to Gen V.[aldes] Gen[eral], what do you understand to be your relation to the Military Advisor? Valdes stutters and could not answer promptly. Pres. Q. again asks Do you receive orders or advice from the Military Adviser? Valdes says sometimes he receives orders, sometimes advice. Pres. Q. tries to find the paper containing Sutherland’s indorsement to the Concentration study of mine. He could not find it from a stack of papers, so I open my confidential file which I brought with me and tell the Pres.[ident] that this may be what he was looking for. He looked at it and says yes. Pres Q[uezon] then asks Valdez how he interpreted the indorsement saying, Gen V[aldes] how do you understand this indorsement? Do you take it as an order or as an advice. Gen V.[aldes] says it is an order. Pres. Q.[uezon] then says the military adviser is adviser to him and not to the general staff so that he is going to redefine the relation of the military adviser to him.
He says “I have never seen this study” referring to the Concentration plan. “Gen. L.[im] says in his letter of resignation which by the way he did not sign which is the very proper way that the army will fail because we are training hundreds of thousands of reservists without the necessary number of officers — I am not a soldier but I need not be one to one that it will fail if this condition there.
Lim made an issue of Southerland’s indorsement on the subject of concentration as a point where he would not agree with the military adviser in his letter of resignation Lim says that he signed the letter of resignation but the president said he did not. My conclusion is that Lim is again lying. He handed an unsigned resignation for fear that such resignation is accepted if signed. He signed the other letter in which he told of the president’s previous advices to him on his military career.
We discussed the obsolete of the rifle that is being purchased. This is the reason why Hernandez and Marabut were called in.
Col Garcia and myself reported to Pres Q t 10:00 AM –we did not leave until 11:30. He told us of the same thing he told Lim –that he did not know of the promise of rank and that we are not receiving per diem. He said a soldiers role is service and that a soldier who does not desire to serve is no good — that a soldier can refuse to serve on only one ground and that is his honor. Now he says he does not condemn these officers after he understands that the Mil. Adv. has not lived up to his word. He explained that we look up to him as President then the Mil. Adv. as his representative — that the Mil. Adv. has his assistants whose words or promise the Mil. Adv. must uphold and which he cannot disclaim. Here is a violation of honor. He said he disapproved all reconsideration on account of his lack of proper information. He mentioned Catalan whose career from the ground up he admires. He asked what the trouble with Moran is and Garcia explained re per diem. Pres Q asked about Moran’s saying that he need not obey anybody in Hades as he has no boss. Garcia explained this. He asked about O citizenship and that he has heard O is going to be an American citizen. We disclaimed knowledge of this.
Interrupted by telephone from Mike E at Washington. Pres Q told Mike to give hell to Donalley and not to listen to political pleadings in the conduct of his office.
Spoke of cadres–
Spoke of dual ownership of mil. reservations in connection with Iloilo cadre & air company.
He spoke of the boner committed by Mil. Adviser on his initial estimate of 16 million which he (Mil Adv.) does not want to acknowledge. Pres Q says that he was willing to give more money for Nat. Def. saying that there will be 20 million more pesos in revenue yearly as a result of his taxation hoard. I brought up the issue of concern — taxation and the reasons for it. He mentioned Catalan having been a house boy of Joe Yulo. He spoke of Joe Garcia’s letter and said that any body that writes a letter like Joe wrote is not mature. He asked whether MacA ever consults with us and I brought up the subject of one sided consultation. He spoke about inspections and asked if MacA ever goes out to make these inspections and the answer was no. Col G. said MacA staff consults with us but not MacA himself. He described how he would have handled the affair himself.
He finally said that he will find a way to settle this question later and that he will send for MacA and Gen S.