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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May 5, 1973

  …We may have to hasten the process of normalizing by: 1. Conducting elections of an Advisory Legislative Council under the supervision of the Comelec by the Citizens Assemblies. 2. The old newspapers must be investigated formally and their closure directed after formal hearing. 3. The same for other media. The financiers and oligarchs who..

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Sept. 28, 1972, Thursday

  (1) 12:55 PM Sept. 28, 1972 Thursday Malacañan Palace Manila The legitimate use of force on chosen targets is the incontestable secret of the reform movement. Restrained force will bring about the New Society. And the Reformation is coming about without any obstacle. Gerry Roxas wanted to be invited to meet with me. But..

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September 20, 1972

    (1) 1040 PM Sept, 20, 1972 Malacañan Palace Manila The two Americans paid to assassinate me were supposed to do the job this morning but when they tried out the guns (even the .22 caliber) they were too loud.  This was explained by our penetration man, Talastas. They have prepared a Comby wagon, put..

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September 1, 1972, Friday

(1) 7:40 PM Malacañan Palace Manila Sept. 1, 1972 Friday Awarded the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu to the Indonesian Minister of State for Defense and Security Vice/Asst. Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Indonesia -- Gen. Maraden Panggabean. He looks like a capable soldier and helped us well as cooperated with..

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