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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October 4, 1972

  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..

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Sept. 24, 1972, Sunday

  (1) 1:25 AM Sept. 25th Sept. 24, 1972 Sunday Malacañan Palace Manila Diokno, Chino Roces, Max Soliven etc. have filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus before the Supreme Court. I asked Justices Claudo Teehangkee, Antonio Barredo, Felix Macasiar and Felix Antonio to see us. They insisted that the government should submit..

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Sept. 23, 1972, Saturday

  (1) 12:20PM Sept. 23, 1972 Saturday Malacañan Palace Manila   Things have moved according to plan although out of the total 200 target personalities in the plan only 52 have been arrested, including the three senators, Aquino, Diokno and Mitra and Chino Roces and Teddy Locsin. At 7:15 PM I finally appeared on a..

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September 5, 1972

  [Note: the first part of this entry is missing] Sept 5th (Con't) Malacañan Palace Manila   Conference with Gen. Ver and others on contingency plans. I place Gen. Espino [&] Sec. Ponce Enrile's report in Envelope XXXIV-U The Pomeroy article on Phil. Maoists [   ] Sen. Aquino is helping organize the NPA, Lopezes..

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April 17, 1972

…Frank Starr implicates Col. Lino Aragon Angara, nephew of the late Pres. Quezon, in a plot to assassinate me on July 17, 1972. The sworn statement of Starr which is hereto attached is apparently credible and has the marks of authenticity. What is disturbing is the supposed statement of Angara “Marcos will be killed xxx..

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Jan. 25, 1971 Monday 11:15 pm

This is the turning point. The congressional opening and State of the Nation address ceremonies were peaceful. And the whole nation heaved a sigh of relief. For many had left for the provinces and for abroad to avoid the imagined dangers of a revolution. Chino Roces, Manglapus, the radicals who have been predicting the start..

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Jan. 12, 1971 1:55 pm

…Freddie Elizalde showed me a copy of an editorial which Chino Roces wanted to be pooled by all the newspapers castigating me and asking for my resignation and that of the cabinet. For good measure the editorial included the Vice-President. It was opposed by Freddie and Ugarte. And Teddy Locsin opposed the demand for resignation...

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