November 1, 1972

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11:00 PM

Nov. 1, 1972


Malacañan Palace


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



Nov. 1st (Con’t)

Malacañan Palace


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.




January 19, 1970

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Veterans Memorial Hospital

January 19, 1970

Imelda is strong enough to play host to her crowd nightly. We have just eaten Chinese lugao and lumpia brought in by Joe and Betty Campos. I liked most the bajo or powdered beef tapa and the seeweed for the lumpia. It is now 11:00 PM. Last night we went to bed at 11:30 PM. Read De Gaulle’s war memoirs up to 1:30 P.M. after writing my diary.

I must soon write my war memoirs while the events are still fresh in my mind.

Met with the fiscal policy committee at 8:00 AM here in the hospital and gave instructions to Com. Sychangco and Gov. Licaros to reconcile the figures on government deficits. The Central Bank has the figures at P1.1 billion cash deficit. Com. Sychangco says the cash deficit is only P600 million with savings of P283 million.

I have also ordered Gov. Licaros to put down in a formal Aide Memoire to be handed to the IMF consultative committee our position that we will not agree to a devaluation and will take any measures short of it; — and to include the stabilization measures we have adopted including the allowance of the establishment of dollar accounts in Philippine banks with 100% dollar backing and to allow hotels to keep 25% of their dollar earnings because right now the dollar earnings of hotels has gone down to zero.

I met with Piding Montelibano, who was brought to Pangarap by Bobby Benedicto. He has just recovered from the flu which is all over Europe and Asia.




[Marginal note: We must now develop rural electrification under the new law passed last year and Schools of Arts and Trades. The British Ambassador who came to say goodbye also seems to agree these will bring about development faster.]

Incidentally Col. Ver reports to me that Terry Adevoso, the mastermind of the assassination and military takeover of the government informed the conferees of the Junta in their meeting at the house of Commodore Alcaraz that the Vice President or the Lopez group has its own liquidation plot for me. I must look into this more deeply.

I intend to have the EEA cases filed against Adevoso and Emmanuel Ocampo his operations man to keep them occupied. But at the same time we must obtain evidence for the filing of a case of conspiracy to commit treason. Apparently included in the plot is Col. Patterson, the U.S. Embassy military attaché, or so Adevoso says. Terry Adevoso said that he spoke to Ambassador Byroade about their plot and while the Ambassador was defending me he said that if he (Adevoso) had anything to ask or tell him, he (Adevoso) should talk to Patterson. Adevoso said that it was Patterson who suggested that Ayala and Nagtahan Bridges should be blown up so as to isolate Malacañang Palace during the attack.

Included in the plot are Alcaraz, David Pelayo, Capt. Acosta of the Navy.

Their target date is June or July this year.

June 4, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s University Chapel.

Tokyo Filipinos Gather. The Filipino Embassy House was today the scene of the first gathering of Filipino residents in Tokyo and Yokohama. It was a truly Filipino affair with lechon [roast suckling pig] and dinuguan as the main attractions at lunch time.

The main purpose of the gathering was to organize a Filipino association of Japan, the Kapisanan ng mga Pilipino sa Nippon (Kapini) and draft a resolution pledging loyalty and support to President Laurel and “cooperation for the successful prosecution of the Great East Asia War.”

Charge d’Affaires Francisco Lavides presided over the affair assisted by Secretaries of the Embassy Leon Guerrero and Synchangco. Among those present were the Filipino pensionados now in Tokyo and Yokohama, Dr. Manalang (now temporarily in Tokyo), Radio Tokyo men such as Norman Reyes, Leony Manalang, Moises Bautista, B. Javier, Balais, Filipino boxers “Joe” Eagle, “Baby” Gustilo, “Baby” Valdez, etc. Leony Manalang and “Joe” Eagle brought their Japanese wives and kids along.

At the Nagasakis. After the affair at the Embassy, dropped in at the Nagasakis with Pena and Quiambao. Played pingpong.

June 1, 1944 (Thursday)

Summer begins today, our second in Japan. Japanese colegialas [schoolgirls] have put on their white summer blouses—a clear sign that summer has definitely started and spring has definitely gone.

Tokyo Detention House (Tokyo Kōchisho). As part of our school activities, we visited the Tokyo Detention House this p.m. at 2:00 at Ikebukuro-ku, accompanied by Mr. Sakashita of the Daitōa Ministry and Sub-Inspector Satō of the Metropolitan Police Board. The building is a very modern structure housing about 2,500 detained persons, including 500 women. This place is really for detained persons pending trial in court, but there are also already sentenced persons serving their sentence here instead of in an ordinary prison.

We went around the premises, after a preliminary “orientation” lecture given by the warden. We saw the rows of cells, the clinic, X-ray rooms, barber shop, dining rooms, etc. The inmates wear blue kimonos (Japanese style) with a lampshade-like head cover which they put on to keep their identity a secret upon leaving their cells. Strict seclusion, even among themselves, is observed, and even during calisthenics they occupy special “calisthenics cells” separately.

As detention lasts in some cases for months on end, the inmates are allowed to buy their own food at a sort of post exchange inside the prison. In the kitchen we noticed that rations of rice are numbered from 1 to 5 to designate 5 classes of rations, classified as to quantity to be distributed to the inmates on the basis of the physical work they do.

We left the place impressed.

Party at the Embassy. At 6:00 tonight with Pena, David and Sison, we were invited by Mr. [Francisco] Lavides, Charge d’Affaires, to help entertain the embassy guests, high officials of the Daitōa Ministry. At the reception room, after dinner, Pena played the piano and the guitar while we sang Filipino and Japanese songs. The guests also contributed their numbers, and the affair was very gay, with plenty of beer on the house. Among those present was a Mr. Tōgō, head of the political section of the Daitōa Ministry, formerly in charge of the southern pensionados.

We especially enjoyed ourselves when the guests left. Among ourselves we sang Filipino folk songs, such as “Chitchirichit Alibangbang” [“Chitchirichit, Sampaloc (tamarind) Leaf], “Tayo na sa Antipolo” [“Let’s Go To Antipolo”] etc. Joining in the chorus were Charge d’Affaires Lavides, Leony Guerrero, Mr. Sychangco, Norman Reyes, et al. The party broke up at 9:30. The embassy car took us to the dormitory.