Tuesday, February 20, 1940

Conference of GS w Sec Sison at Mal–

Subject — Economy. Sison made inferences about MacA relief. Did not Pres Q ask the GS whether it could handle the job by itself. Sison then extemporized on military justice. Case of Lt. Valparaiso. Very bad decision of Capt Torres. Lim took responsibility.

Spoke at National U. on National Def.


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1940

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Had several conferences w Carag, Cunanan, [illegible] Richards.

Had hot words w Col Garcia whom I accused w high handedness re report of board. He submitted report without my signature, Valdes approved report without seeing my minority report. Garcia is determined to railroad selection of Laconico who is son in law Mrs. Alano, who is wife Rep. Alano, who is husband of Mrs. Alano who is the cousin to Sec Vargas, who is husband of Mrs. Vargas who is supposed to be aunt of Mrs. Garcia who is the wife of Col Garcia.

After these hot words I went to see Lim who went with me to Valdes. Valdes too is in this deal. No reason why V can not change his approval.

The way Garcia handles this business make him unfit for any position of responsibility in this army.

Reception at Mal. for Consular Corps. A very beautiful park across Mal. Why should [illegible] be a guest at Mal.


Friday, Jan. 19, 1940

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Went to Murphy and inspected M.G. crew in order to equip M.G. units.

Lim called me up early to tell me of his estimate of the situation re McArthur. He told me he had conversations with him wherein he told McA that he was willing to step out of the Army to give way to me to become C of S. He told McA that I am strong, honest, aggressive, full of initiative and a keen mind.

All our troubles re basic policies which have to be changed are the product of one man’s McA without the leveling influence of another. Had the C of S (Santos & V) any idea of their own in military matters these things would not have happened. As it is McA chose dummies in order to have things his own way. But unfortunately the Gen. Staff was not such a dummy and with the fact that this Gen. Staff is very well thought of by the Pres. MacArthur’s had to lose prestige. Mc dug his own grave when he chose dummies for his C of S.

Went to the Augusta flagship.

Met Cole PW. Capt Miller’s re [illegible]


Monday, Jan. 15, 1940

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Luncheon w Tokyo Giants & Rikkyo Univ. Basketball teams. De las Alas speaker. Talk of Japs was on friendship w Filipinos. Looked like propaganda.

Talked to Valdes re Army relief.

Received letter Sevilla re 6th Dist. Lim proposed proposed immediate relief of Baja.

Confirm & Timing visit.


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.


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.