October 24, 1972

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11:40 PM

Oct. 24, 1972

Tuesday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

There is still sporadic firing in Marawi but the two additional companies including our PSC Special Forces company formerly assigned to Salvador and Malabang, Lanao del Norte are there. Even the two APC’s in the last two towns have been ordered moved to Lanao del Sur but the two half-tracks armored cars taken from Cebu (Lulu’s farm) are being sent to replace them.

Frankie Teodoro reported tonight that a son of one of his executives was asked to participate in another assassination plot against me by a group of six students from PCC, UP and MLQ who were showing off their firearms in a safehouse in Project 4.

I have assigned Gen. Ver to look into it.

This confirms the report of students preparing to show off during the period from the 25th to the 30th.

I have alerted Sec. Ponce Enrile, Gene

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Oct. 24th (Con’t)

Malacañan Palace

Manila

Received information on Customs anomalies from Antonio Marcos, my second cousin who is a superviser in the Bonded Warehouse Division of the Bureau.

We must arrest some of the leaders of the syndicate in the Bureau and the big-time smugglers in Cebu.

Amb. Farolan wired that Pres. Suharto and Minister Adam Malik are happy about martial law as it assures their northern boundary (of Indonesia) of a strong bastion.

Directed the trial by military tribunal of dollar blackmarketeers today.

Cong. Ali Dimpaporo arrived from the Middle East and report the initial adverse reaction to martial law changed to a favorable one. We need him to help stabilize the two Lanaos.

Ex-Gov. Udtog Matalam sent word he does not want to surrender through Cong. Pendatun. So I am sending Gen. Ver alone with Gen. Cajelo.

October 13, 1972

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11:00 PM

Oct. 13, 1972

Friday

Malacañan Palace

Manila

All quiet despite rumors of a suicide attempt to hold a demonstration or even attempt to assassinate both Sec. Ponce Enrile and me.

Awarded the Sikatuna (Datu) to the ambassadress of Brazil, Zilah Mafra Peixoto as she is leaving Monday for reassignment.

Then the German TV took shots of Imelda and me on the reservation of the Tasadays in Cotobato del Sur.

Ting Paterno and Chairman Pons Mathay reported.

And finally met with the Mindanao leaders led by Sen. E. Pelaez and Tamano, Cons. Pendatun and Dimaporo, Govs. Cajelo and Tarhata Alonto Lucman and Abraham and Mayors Cabili and Omar Dianalan.

Tonight I checked on the Committee on Land Reform, Secs. Manuel and Bong Tanco.

Jan. 13, 1971 1:00 am

The congressmen close to me, Cong. Cojuangco, Frisco San Juan, Ali Dimaporo, Jose Aspiras, Navarro, Lucas Canton, Roque Ablan all proposed for the use of my emergency powers. “We cannot understand why you are so patient. Do not wait until we are completely debilitated and the people is against us. It will be too late. One swift blow and we remove the cancer from our society,” they all said.

I could only aswer that it may be sooner than we think…