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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November 11, 1985

Arrived from Tokyo this morning. Spoke before the Manila Rotary Club. During the open forum that followed my speech, a die-hard supporter gave me 17-page document entitled "A Gathering of Davids", dated October 30, 1985. Attached to it was another document consisting of 9 pages entitled "Declaration of Unity, dated Dec. 26, 1984. the first..

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June 12, 1985

Today was a whole day affair. More than 25,000 delegates and leaders of UNIDO attended the Nominating Convention at the Araneta Coliseum. They came at their own expense. All we gave them was a hamburger, two hard boiled eggs and a banana for lunch. All political leaders identified with the opposition were present. Even Cory..

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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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Tuesday, September 26, 1972

Michael Mastura was going to discuss the Christian-Muslim conflict in Cotabato at our ALDEC religious gathering. We were frantically asking Pastor Jun Lagunsad and Louise Palm to fetch Michael. I knew that he has become very reluctant about his speaking engagements because he, also, is afraid. He confided his apprehensions to me yesterday: he could..

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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 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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January 3, 1970

  PAGE 5  Malacañang Manila January 3, 1970 Some people asked me why I have given away my earthly possessions. I invariably answered that I did not need them but that the people did. But I have been asking myself why has the world become so vile, so materialistic, so dirty. All is pragmatism, selfish..

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