August 20, 1970

03 Diary of Ferdinand Marcos, 1970, 0261b-0412 (Jul01-Oct07) nonong


August 20, 1970

11:40 PM

Have just arrived from the wedding of Kits Tatad at Greenhills Church and reception at Intercontinental. Well attended by newspaper people including those who do not wish us well.

Received the letter of Nonong signed Manuel L. Quezon Jr., expressing happiness over “my gentlemanly letter” that “vindicated the honor of father and sister by rejecting the unjust imputations and insinuations levelled at them.” Formal and a little cold, I thought.

Vice Pres. Lopez wrote me insisting upon his power to control and supervise the Bureau of Forestry including the issuance of licenses. But I am certain this is done by his men who wish to continue collecting from the licenses.

I worked on the oil concession applications. And asked Ting Paterno and Cesar Virata to finish the letter to the Jacintos on the IISMI converting government preferred shares to common voting shares and putting IISMI under a new management, foreign if necessary.

May 5, 1936

Two very nice letters from Doria written at Hong Kong.

From 8:30-10:30 with Arthur Fischer at the excellent office of the Bureau of Forestry. He is now the senior Bureau Chief. I appointed him in 1917. Twenty years is too long, and Fischer is thin, neurotic and passionately excitable. He grows livid when he tells of how Governor General Murphy let him down on appropriations his quinine forest in Bukidnon. He got the seeds in Java from Consul General Hoover, and tried first in Baguio but moved the plants to Bukidnon where they have made a startling success, and have nearly double in quinine content of the original. There is scope here for development.

Fischer is a true type of the devoted public servant–high minded–energetic-and inspires his men. Wishes to retire and has been offered excellent posts in Siam and China. Has not a cent saved up. He started the cutch industry in Zamboanga.