October 4, 1972

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10:35 PM

Oct. 4, 1972

Wednesday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

Met the priests who have been released –Fathers Lagermay, Floresca, and Rabang. We agreed we were working for the same objectives but that they should now help us by being the liaison with the Philippine Priests Asso. for the last two and the foreign priests for the first who immediately wanted the government to finance the magazine he publishes “Ang Tao” on a propaganda campaign.

Fathers Floresca and Rabang both claimed they too were working for a radical change inside the church.

Then met the Association — the Asian Press Institute of which Chino Roces is the President. I agreed to their meeting the detainees, working a Press Consultative Panel to negotiate the normalization of relationship between the government and media –it being agreed that the Consultative Panel will be composed mostly of our men in government. Kits Tatad has

 

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Malacañan Palace

Manila

issued a communique with them.

Approved the Bureau of Posts dismissals and the release of Cong. Carlos Imperial provided he helps in the campaign to surrender the arms of his men. And the release of Labor Leader Vicente Rafael.

Tonight I was interviewed by Wall Street Journal’s Peter Kahn. And the U.S. World and News Reports Mack Chrysler. The first is a Pulitzer Prize winner on his reporting on the Bangladesh war and the second is an old hand in Asia.

The New York Times editorial of Oct. 4, 1972 said for the genuine economic & social reforms “the Phil. President deserves open encouragement from the U.S. government. This could take the form of generous economic assistance for programs to help the majority of Filipinos who have profited little or not at all from 26 years of national independence”

I attach cabled report on editorial.

 

October 3, 1972

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12:15 PM

Oct. 3, 1972

Tuesday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

The threat from the clergy specially the Jesuits is not as bad as it first seemed.

But I have ordered the release of all the clergy who have been detained to allow a review of their cases. In Greater Manila Fathers Lagermay, Floresca, and Rabang were released and have offered to help in the Reformation and the building of the New Society. In Mindanao I have ordered the release of Father Vincent Cullen in Bukidnon. Father Donelan calls him a true missionary. The same is true of the parish priest of Mons. Lino Gonzaga.

Today I increased the meal allowance of enlisted men of the Armed Forces from four pesos to five pesos a day.

And brought the Sulu leaders, both Nacionalista and Liberals, to pledge to support the New Society. And appeared before TV.

Worked on the questions for the Spivak show next Sunday.

In the evening I met Father Jose Cruz Father Rector of Ateneo University on the clergy.

And was interviewed by Jack — and Lee Lescaze of the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post respectively.