Oct. 21, 1972
Just arrived from the informal dinner given by Pres. and Mrs. Watanabe of the Asian Development Bank. Only Sec. & Mrs. Alex Melchor, Sec and Mrs. Cesar Virata and ADB Vice Pres. Krisna Moortli were present. Pres. Watanabe is retiring Dec. 25th.
It was a pleasant dinner with much story telling punctuated by laughter.
Proclaimed the emancipation of the tenant-farmer this morning. I attach a copy of my proclamation or decree. This should cause the actual start of the Reformation.
And gave a 1st month report of martial law.
Then met the labor leaders, the rural bankers, the governor, Liberal leaders and mayors of Masbate.
A Japanese straggler was killed and his companion wounded in Lubang yesterday by the PC patrol they ambushed.
Camp Keithley in Marawi City is under attack by a band of outlaws who have taken over the MSU radio, raised the red flag and surrounded the PC Prov. Hq. of Maj. Marolomsar, Prov. Commander. Eight of our men have been killed (six outright at Pantar Bridge that leads to the city from Iligan) and one wounded while nine have been killed on the enemy side and one captured who is being interrogated.
Reinforcements being rushed to the besieged forces.
The enemy may number anywhere from 100 to 400. But PC Prov. Hq. under attack holding out.
Other Mindanao units alerted in case this attack is a signal of an uprising in all of Mindanao and Sulu.
I believe the attackers may be a combination of student radicals (KM and SDK) supported by outlaws. The red flag may show they are communist infiltrated or controlled.
And again this may be a diversion from the Luzon front where the communists are hard pressed.
Or a demonstration that the leaders I talked to and placated like the Alontos and Pendatun do not run things anymore.
Or again this may be a Pendatun and Alonto play to gain a stronger bargaining position.
But we are not going to bargain. We will hit them hard.