The Delegate and the President: Contrasting Diaries on Martial Law

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] President Marcos, Secretary Enrile, and generals in the Presidential Study, Malacañan Palace[/caption] September 23 marks the 41st anniversary of the proclamation of martial law by President Marcos, although Marcos himself insisted on September 21. The Philippine Diary Project has two diaries that give contrasting views on martial law. The first is..

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August 21, 1985

Today is Ninoy's death anniversary. Mass at 9 am and lunch with the UNIDO MPs at the Law Office. Then march from EDSA. Uncle Billy Javellana is in town. He was very kind to us Filipino students when we were in Yale. Bing Padilla and Grace will host dinner for him this evening. Tomorrow Class..

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May 5, 1973

  …We may have to hasten the process of normalizing by: 1. Conducting elections of an Advisory Legislative Council under the supervision of the Comelec by the Citizens Assemblies. 2. The old newspapers must be investigated formally and their closure directed after formal hearing. 3. The same for other media. The financiers and oligarchs who..

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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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Friday, October 27, 1972

Oka Leviste and I met at the Sulo. Tony Velasco came late, as did Inggo Guevarra's representative. Aying Yñiguez also dropped by. We met to consolidate the provisions on trade, tariff and commerce and on foreign loans and investments. I then reorganized and integrated the whole article on the national economy, dividing it into five..

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October 7, 1972

1:00 AM, Oct 8th Oct. 7, 1972 Saturday Malacañan Palace Manila Have been busy finishing the Reform Program. We have to revise the targets and the plans. And the NBC people with Liz Trotta, the Singapore-based NBC correspondent and panelist in the Spivak Meet the Press show tomorrow night, have been busy preparing my study..

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