Friday, November 17, 1972

Surprise! Instead of the 166-man body meeting, the meeting was of a small group of 15 people each from the Steering Council and the Sponsorship Council and 4 floor leaders to go over the amendments. Apparently, this morning, there was an organizational meeting. These 15 people from each of the councils were appointed and they..

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Wednesday, November 15, 1972

The session hall was like a market. The revised draft of the new Constitution prepared by the Steering Council was being distributed to the delegates. The Steering Council took over the sponsorship of its own draft Constitution. The Sponsorship Council was completely ignored. Charlie Ledesma gave what I thought was a candid speech: "Only the..

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Tuesday, November 14, 1972

The Daily Express reported this morning that a move to change the name of the Philippines to the "Republic of Maharlika" is snowballing among the 166-man body of the Special Committee of the Constitutional Convention. Of course, it is not true that it is snowballing; most delegates have never heard of this move. Nevertheless, I..

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Thursday, November 9, 1972

In the morning, Col. Moy Buhain (aide-de-camp to Speaker Villareal of the House of Representatives whom I had periodically served as economic adviser) dropped by to talk to me about the latest draft of the Steering Council. Obviously, he had already seen Speaker Villareal since our last talk. We were speculating on what will happen..

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Wednesday, November 8, 1972

My amendments on the national economy as well as that on the National Assembly were filed today. There was so much discussion on the powers of the Steering Council—which are more or less plenary—and the apparent deempowerment of the Sponsorship Council. Serging Tocao, a member of our Sponsorship Council, was enraged by the fact that..

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