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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Jan. 20, 2001

12:20 a.m.- Rene de Villa[1] arrives in Mabini Hall, accompanied by now Finance Secretary Alberto “Bert” Romulo and now Justice Secretary Hernando “Nani” Perez. The first round of negotiations begins. Rene gives me a draft resignation letter for the President, with the demand that the letter be signed and the President leave the office by..

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Friday, Jan. 19, 2001

Meeting with Senators By 8 a.m of Jan. 19, along with Press Secretary Dong Puno, I met at the New World Hotel Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gringo Honasan, and the President’s defense lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, to sound them out on the proposal to open the second envelope. “If this is the President’s decision,” said..

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February 26, 1986

I met with Cesar Virata to agree on a smooth turnover of the Office of the Prime Minister. He agreed but asked for time to meet with Batasan MP's (KBL). My takeover was delayed because Virata said the Constitution requires that the Batasan must elect the PM. However with sympathetic KBL MP's (Yñiguez/Virata/JPE plus UNIDO..

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February 25, 1986

I arrived punctually before 9 A.M. --everybody --the political and local leaders, the local and foreign media-- were all there. But Cory was nowhere. I inquired her whereabouts. Tessie Oreta, Butz Aquino did not know. We waited two hours. Finally at 11 A.M. I was able to talk to her on a two-way radio. "Cory..

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February 22, 1986

We were in Cebu when Enrile and Ramos staged their mutiny in Camp Aguinaldo. I addressed the "Doctors for Democracy" and CA talked to the Cebu lawyers. Then the rally at 4 PM. After the rally after having dinner at a restaurant, a foreign correspondent told me JPE and Ramos had barricaded themselves in Camp..

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Jan. 23, 1973 Tuesday (Written at 12:00 pm Jan. 24th as I stayed up to 2:30 am with Justices Barredo, Makasiar, Antonio and Esguerra, Sec. Ponce Enrile and Abad Santos and Mendoza)

  …Prepared our position with Sec. Abad Santos and Ponce Enrile and Sol. Gen. Estelito Mendoza, on the Ramon Gonzales petition of prohibition and injunction against Decree 1102 on the ratification of the new constitution. This has caused us worry as it might push us to a revolutionary government…

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November 10, 1972

(1) 11:35 PM Nov. 10, 1972 Malacañan Palace Manila Organized the vertical contacts and coordination between departments in the civil government and between the civil government and the military and the private sector like the NASAC we met this morning. This will save time and labor and eliminate red tape. The religious were prepared to..

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