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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EDSA through the eyes of Doy Laurel

Salvador H. Laurel wrote intermittent diary entries for June 1985, August 1985, September 1985, October 1985, November 1985, and December 1985. They trace the initial vigor, then collapse, of his campaign for the presidency, and the negotiations for his sliding down to be the candidate for the vice-presidency in what emerged as the Aquino-Laurel ticket. This..

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February 25, 1986

I arrived punctually before 9 A.M. --everybody --the political and local leaders, the local and foreign media-- were all there. But Cory was nowhere. I inquired her whereabouts. Tessie Oreta, Butz Aquino did not know. We waited two hours. Finally at 11 A.M. I was able to talk to her on a two-way radio. "Cory..

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February 24, 1986

CCA arrived at 10 A.M. We met in her sister's house at Wack Wack (near my house). I told her we must take our oath today. She agreed and asked me to make all the arrangements. I decided on Club Filipino. I invited opposition leaders and local and foreign media. CCA came again at 5..

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February 13-17, 1986

We met with State Department people (Claude Buss and Guy Pauker). Then came Reagan's special envoy, Philip Habib, on February 17. Speaking for CCA and myself, I told him, "We will never give up the fight to dismantle the dictatorship. We will go on and on until FM steps down and obeys the true mandate..

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December 8, 1985

I called a press conference to announce the filing of my candidacy as official UNIDO candidate for the presidency. In my statement I said: "I can sacrifice myself. I can sacrifice the presidency. But I cannot sacrifice my party and principles. I cannot sacrifice my party and principles. I cannot sacrifice the people who have..

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June 14, 1985

I will have to raise funds. Many friends are helping but not enough to support a presidential campaign. Marcos is entrenched --20 years in power. He is no longer popular and he is sick -but businessmen are still afraid of him. I will have to tap friends in Japan and U.S. Since Marcos has not..

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