November 1, 1972

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11:00 PM

Nov. 1, 1972

Wednesday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

All Saint’s Day

Cabinet meeting even on All Saints Day because of the urgency of the reorganization program:

1. Neda

2. Dept of Agrarian Reform

3. Dept of Information

4. Dept of Local Government and Community Development

5. Reorganization of:

1. Dept of Public Works

2.      ”  of Health

3.      ” of Agriculture

Then the budgetary requirements with Sec. Cesar Virata and Com. Sychangco participating.

Infrastructure projects. Sec. Consunji and Com. Aquino still quarrelling. We had to resolve certain points.

Specific projects:

1. Commuter trains from Manila to Carmona and Malolos

I ordered the release of ₱1.3 m

2. Irrigation

3. Rice procurement

Imelda is completely well but cannot yet play badminton.

Since we could not go personally we ordered the

 

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Nov. 1st (Con’t)

Malacañan Palace

Manila

placing of wreaths in the memorial to father in La Union and the Romualdez mausoleum in Tolosa, Leyte by the governors offices. I talked to Gov. Guerrero and Cong. Jose Asipiras. The latter also informed me that the small bamboo and nipa beach house in Agoo is now finished. We hope to go there by boat as the NE monsoon is now blowing anf it should be calm on the western side of Luzon. It would take 14 hours to get there by 777.

Imee is in New York for the Thanksgiving holidays. She had Thanksgiving dinner with the Flannigans (He is a White House Economic adviser). And she visits Princeton, Wellesley and          choosing which university she goes to next year.

Irene is in Rome shopping while Bongbong is with Philip and Miguelito in London.

Imelda and I are so immersed in our work of Reformation and the New Society –the country has become our sole interest– for now at least.

 

 

 

October 12, 1972

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9:40 PM

Oct. 12, 1972

Thursday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

Met with about 2,000 Land Reform or Dept Agrarian Reform Field Technicians. I have diected the DAR to generate 3,000 Field Technicians and the ARC and BPI to generate 6,000 Field Technicians so that there would be 9,000 technicians for the 715,000 tenants to be serviced.

I have about ₱50 million for the organization of cooperatives and loans for them. Sec. Melchor told me this morning before the conference that the AID is ready to raise $50 million for land reform. I would put it into the Land Ownership financing.

So I have set the guidelines for acquisition of land for the tenants.

Then I met the Catholic bishops who explained the second letter which expressed reservations about martial law and my decrees was signed by 17 bishops most of whom were misled into thinking they signed the first resolution of support.

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Oct. 12th (Con’t)

Malacañan Palace

Manila

Tonight I met Sec. Abad Santos and Sol Gen Estelito Mendoza on the dismissal of CFI and CAR judges. They also took up the attitude of the Supreme Court justices which has turned for the better.

And authorized the new newspaper –Herald Tribune, the conversion of the Government Report into a weekly magazine.