|The White House||Date||October 24 1966|
|President Lyndon B. Johnson||Day||Monday|
|The President began his day at:||Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippine Islands|
|Time||Telephone (f or t)||Activity (include visited by)|
|In||Out||12:07a t Mary Slater|
|7:00 AM||The President awakened and gotup and shaved immediately. He then had breakfast of chipped beef, melon balls, and tea. (The President was alone in his room this morning, Mrs. Johnson did not join him. At about 8:00a Jake Jacobsen came to the President’s suite. He did not go into the President’s room because the President was asleep –he was reading the papers, and had fallen asleep. Paul Glynn and Jake Jacobsen lt him sleep until about 8:25a. Then Paul waked the President, and the President asked for Jake and Marvin. They went into his room. Marvin Watson showed the President some Lady Hamilton watches, cigarette case with seal (small and large) and then went over a little bit of the President’s schedule for today with him. The President told Marvin Watson he would have Bill Moyers in tonight with the foreign correspondents in his suite at about 7:00p for drinks and a briefing. And, Mrs. Johnson had agreed to meet with the Thai group in the suite, and he might drop by to see them also. The President seemed rather tired –a peaceful tired– a calmness about him. Paul Glynn: mf|
|8:41a||The President departed his suite with Mrs. Johnson for Congress of the Philippines Building.|
|8:43||Depart Manila Hotel|
|4:37p||REMARKS at Manila Summit Conference, Malacanang Palace (per Bill Moyers’ briefing using extensive qotes) –carried almost verbatim in Manila newspapers|
|6:18p||Returned to suite, stopped in room 407where Juanita, mary esther, yb and mf were looking at native crafts. The President looked around the room, and asked mjdr about some paintings. He said he liked the one of the farmer and rooster which was over his bed. He then went to his room, and called for mjdr to come in.|
|Lying on bed and watching television while talking on the phone —|
|Talked to Mary S about getting dresses for his girls for tomorrow’s fiesta —|
|7:25p||8:40p||Bill Moyers, Walt Rostow, Bob Fleming, Leonard Marks w/ foreign correspondents:|
|Francis Lara, Agence France Press|
|Pat Heffernan, Reuters|
|Stewart Hensely, UPI|
|John Hightower, AP|
|Ralph Champion, London Daily Mirror|
|Vincent Ryder, London Daily Telegraph|
|Jacque Francillon, Le Figaro|
|Jack Brooks, Vancouver Sun|
|Lothar Loewe, German radio and television|
|Hans Westerman, West German radio and television|
|After the newsmen left, Leonard Marks stayed behind for a short visit w/ the President.|
|9:45p||DINNER w/ Marvin Watson, Jake Jacobsen|
|Mary Slater, Mary Esther Garner, Yolanda Boozer, mf|
|During dinner the President –visibly tired– talked of small things. He inquired about churchgoing activities yesterday. He talked about the hard work Secret Service was doing, saying he hoped they would get some rest because he really saw them take the punishment. He talked about High Sidey’s column in the latest issue of LIFE concerning the President’s talking to a group of newsmen before his last press conference, and suggested that Bill correct Sidey, since records show that the President did not talk to the newsmen before the conferece as Sidey suggested.|
|10:30p||To the bedroom w/ MW and JJ|
|a rub by Wes King — and retired at 12:00 midnight|
|The President today signed a birthday letter to Amb Blair and had it delivered to the Ambassador w/ a pair of gold cufflinks.|
Japan is in a greater hurry to grant independence than the Filipinos are ready to receive and enjoy it. The truth is that the Filipinos are no more enthusiastic about it as they are about the independence of Turkey or the Congo. Either they believe that this emancipation was not genuine or they cherish the hope that the true liberty would be given by the old regime in the near future.
Five days ago, the representatives were elected, or better still, chosen and the Assembly convened today to elect the Speaker and the President of the Republic previously designated. The head of the Executive Commission two days ago had proclaimed Dr. Jose P. Laurel as the lone candidate for the Presidency. The session opened at 10:00 o’clock this morning. Mr. Aquino was nominated for the Speakership and immediately the nomination was closed, resulting in his unanimous election. The elected Speaker nominated Dr. Laurel for President, and without going into other nominations, Dr. Laurel was elected viva voce, without any dissenting vote.
Meanwhile, in front of the Legislative building, a crowd had gathered since early morning, composed of people who were required by his retinue of high officials and assemblymen, many of the people had already dispersed and returned to their homes. To the remaining crowd, the President addressed a short but energetic speech. The crowd shouted several “Mabuhays” which were taken as a popular ratification of the election.
It is only fair to admit that the election as the most expedient and that the person elected was the most appropriate and capable of discharging the function. Had the election been submitted to a popular votation, Dr. Laurel would undoubtedly have been the favorite. Everybody sees him as the best choice because of his energy, his intelligence, his prudence and his prestige in the eyes of the Filipinos and in the eyes of the Japanese. By the courage he has demonstrated and the respect that the Japanese have for him, it is believed that he alone is capable of not compromising the freedom of the new government with the demands and pressures of Tokyo, or at least of seeing to it that such demands and pressures are not unreasonably made. His position is delicate and ticklish, considering that the majority of Filipinos view the Republic with supine indifference; others refuse to be reconciled, even outwardly, with the situation imposed by force of arms.
The Constitution was ratified yesterday by some kind of a Constitutional Assembly composed of 117 delegates chosen by the Kalibapi from among the old delegates and government officials. They also wanted to make it appear that the Constitution was ratified by popular plebiscite. The plan was that, after the delegates had approved the Constitution, they would place themselves at the balcony of the Legislative building to be present, who would shout “Mabuhay” three times in popular approval of the Constitution.
To this end, government employees, students, members of the neighborhood associations and factory workers were mobilized. They were posted there since eight in the morning, but as the delegates did not show up till noon, most of the people dispersed without showing the least interest in the Constitution or the plebiscite.
Needless to say, the delegates approved the Constitution unanimously. No one proposed any amendment, any modification, nor any comments. Those who had been assigned to speak their piece spoke in favor of the Constitution, and everbody responded, “Amen.”