July 7, 1972 Friday

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1:40 AM July 8th

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July 7, 1972

Friday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

The parliamentary form of government won out in the Constitutional Convention against the Presidential form of government by a vote of 160 against 118 with three abstentions and about 27 absent. Some of the men identified with us like Leido, Puzon & Salva voted for the presidential form of government.

If this constitutional reform is ratified, the way is open for me to become Prime Minister.

If it is not ratified, Imelda may have to run for President as there is no other candidate that can win against Liberals.

But the parliamentary form of government will save Imelda from the muckracking of politics.

The Liberals must be agitated now. And so must the Senators. For a unicameral form of legislature will follow. And they are out.

National Security Council meeting at 9:00 AM. I attach the papers on Seato Envelope XXI – A with nocopy.

Reports on Isabela and Mindanao.

Diokno is beginning to sound off again on martial law.

More to explore

10 November 2020

We left Legaspi City at 4:30 am and safely reached Manila at 4:15 pm.

9 November 2020

Our flight was cancelled again due cloudy weather in the Bicol Region. The rest of the assessment team decided to travel back

8 November 2020

In the morning, we were supposed to return to Manila via the plane we took going to Virac but it was cancelled