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



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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.




September 9, 1972, Saturday




12:35 PM

Sept. 9, 1972


Malacañan Palace



Calamity Workers Golf Tournament–


Bongbong arrived early this morning at about 3:40 AM from his date with the Veloso girls (he has been frank with me about what he does on his dates).

We slept with Irene at her room, putting the two beds in her room together, because she cannot sleep in our room.

Then brought Irene to the airport to take the KLM jumbo jet for Amsterdam and London at 5:00. Lucy accompanied her. Alberting and Cobadouga Romulo were in the same plane. Dits Adriano took the plane too, apparently to accompany her.

Sec. Ponce Enrile and I finished the material for any possible proclamation of martial law. 6:00-7:30 PM. Then TV-Radio interview by KBS, Rey Pedrahe and Emil Jurado 8-9:00 PM.

April 3, 1971



7:00 A.M.

April 3, 1971

Malacañan Palace



What is my central purpose in life?

I am President. I am the most powerful man in the Philippines. All that I have dreamt of I have. More accurately, I have all the material things I want in life –a wife who is loving and is a partner in the things I do, bright children who will carry my name, a life well lived –all.

But I feel a discontent.

Because I may not have done all that I can. Because I may have taken the easy and safer way out.

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Sunday —

February 1, 1970

4:00 PM —

Have suspended classes in the Greater Manila Area for one week.

A Fr. Sheffeld of Germany is living in Ateneo and approves the expenditure of the Adenauer fund supposedly for research on constitutional reforms. This is alien intervention in internal affairs. Father John Doherty, Vice President of Ateneo for Academic Affairs says it may be used for the rallies and demonstrations as Manglapus and the student leaders went to Germany some time ago.

Fr. Otazu, Rector of San Beda warns that the San Beda Towers if taken by the rioters could overlook Malacañang. So I have ordered it to be secured. Both felt that I have taken too soft a stand against the rioters and that the students do not believe my warning yesterday.

Perhaps they are right but we must not adopt a stance of arrogance but of humility. And if the terrorism continues then we must meet force with force. Only however if the anarchists continue the sabotage and terrorism.

I asked Gen. Balao, now Reparations Minister in Tokyo and former Defense Secretary to take over the Defense portfolio tonight. Sec. Mata was drunk during the crisis on Friday night as he is drunk every night. He is not only useless. He is a security risk.



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  February 1, 1970

To my children, Imee, Bongbong and Irene:

Why I am fighting Communism  

1. Because it does not believe in God. It believes that everything that happens is brought about by man alone. It believes in the theory of dialectic materialism. I believe in God.

2. Under communism, a man has no rights. He is a creature of the State. It is the State that is glorified not man. So man becomes a slave under communism.

3. Under communism, a man has no freedom. In contradistinction to democracy where individual freedom is sacrosanct, communism does not allow such simple liberties as freedom of thought, speech and religion among many others. There is no such thing as dissent or debate or dialogue.

4. Correspondingly, under communism a man may own no land as he may not own any production goods. The cry of land for the landless is a mere shibboleth. For the land belongs to the state and the farmers are only slaves of the state. The farmers get a share of the produce byt only such share as the State arbitrarily dictates.

5. Communism is a totalitarianism or a



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dictatorship by the elite who have acquired power through force, killing, murder and coercion. Prime examples are Stalin and Mao Tse Tung.

6. Correspondingly the common people that communism is supposed to serve do not have any share in government nor in decision-making. Communism does not allow such simple processes as an election or voting or political campaigns. Everything is dictated by the few or the man on top who got there by force or violence.

7. The common people, the laborers, farmers and the employees, cannot rise beyond their level. They cannot send their children to school to become lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers or attain any profession they may wish. The State, meaning the ruling elite, determines what the people become. There is no alternative.

8. Communism gives no inducement to genius, talent, perseverance and hard work. Everybody is pulled down to a common wage or salary except the rulers who live in a state of luxury and privilege.

9. Communism ostensibly seeks to eradicate the ruling or influential oligarchies. But it succeeds in only replacing them with a worse group – the



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ruling or influential cliques and elite who actually rule without the approval or consent of the people. These group of elitists cannot be changed except by violence or force – by a revolution.

10. Communism ostensibly seeks to drive away the foreign colonialists in the Philippines, the Americans. But it would place the Philippines under a new alien power – Red China, which is worse. Our country should be free and not dominate by any alien power.

11. Communism believes in violence as the principal weapon of policy or of change. “Power comes out of the barrel of a gun,” is its principal dictum. Everytime there has been change in a communist country, there has been killing, arson, pillage and destruction – wasteful, merciless and senseless. In contradistinction to this, democracy offers change through the democratic process of elections and free speech in the open market of ideas. The process may be creaky, unwieldy and sometimes frustrating, but comparatively, it is humane, Christian, wiser, more democratic and less wasteful.

Let us improve the house we now have, [which] we call democracy – for it has defects. But let us not burn it down.

(Sgd.) F.E. Marcos