June 28, 1937

a. General has directed me to get up estimates on total needs in mobilization equipment for next two years, to end of 1939. This amount, he says, he's going to get Mr. Quezon to donate from "oil" money. If this is so, then we ought to return to original composition of budget. Says he's been promised..

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October 19, 1936

State banquet at Malacañan for Lord Rothermere--I doubt whether Quezon understands how to appraise correctly Lord Rothermere's position in England. The old man made a good show and a witty speech. In his address of welcome, the President made me nervous. He was skating on thin ice, but with his usual skill managed to avoid..

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September 21, 1936

Return to Manila of Quintin Paredes, Resident Commissioner to the United States, who is reported as wishing to resign. He states the difficulties he has encountered in America, and still hopes for the payment of the Philippine Government of the excise tax and the gold devaluation fund. He says there is very little understanding in..

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August 24, 1936

Quezon’s banquet for General MacArthur of 144 guests at one table in the central hall in Malacañan. Army, Navy, Consular Corps, Committees of Assembly, Church pundits, etc., etc. Probably the most brilliant and dramatic dinner party ever given in the Palace. The purpose of the evening’s ceremony was to confer an appointment as Field Marshal..

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August 17, 1936

The August 15 edition of La Union reports an intelligent speech by Diputada Dolores Ibarruri in the Cortes in Spain, which makes clear the Civil War in Spain is largely based upon landlord and tenant disputes. Visited the Survey Board; interesting conference with Don Miguel Unson, who was in one of his more confidential moods...

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August 3-9, 1936

On August 3rd the Bulletin carried an article stating that the High Commissioner's office had turned "thumbs down" on the proposed new bond issue for public works pending in the Assembly. The Herald that afternoon published a very aggressive and powerful statement by Quezon that the High Commissioner's office had absolutely no legal authority to..

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June 28, 1936

Sunday morning visit from Colin Hoskins. We agreed in disapproval of "nuisance taxes." There was talk of warehouses and rural credit facilities. I asked him: "what is the use of doing these things for people with whom it is a cardinal principle never to pay back." Very good talk in reply. Colin says sharp distinction..

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June 6, 1936

Arrived at Iligan, route having been changed by Quezon in accord with news from the Manila Weather Bureau. The visit to Culion is now to be at the end of trip. Before making wharf at Iligan, Quezon addressed the Assemblymen, asking for funds for the development of Mindanao. He used maps, and said that an..

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May 20, 1936

Quezon issues a statement that passage by the United States Senate of a bill repealing the authorization to pay the Philippines $23 millions for gold devaluation of Philippine Government deposits in the United States banks was a "great injustice to the Filipino people," and that the "loss of the money to the Philippines was directly..

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