Nov. 6, 1972
I woke up at 7:14 AM, earlier than I expected as I was not asleep at 1:00 AM.
Wrote down my orders for the day to Dr. de Vega and Jake, Sec. Melchor and others.
Went through my papers. But checked on the pending projects especially on cooperatives through USec. for Cooperatives Dacay and Marquez.
Did not meet any visitors.
Worked on the sequel of Todays Revolution. I have set the end of month as my deadline.
We need a book to answer all the questions that the cynics (including New York Times which had an editorial yesterday calling me and Park Chung Hee of Korea dictators curtailing freedom). Keep asking up to now although most now applaud the proclamation of martial law and the reforms.
Oct. 19, 1972
We have been sleeping in Suite I since two nights ago because the allergist, Dr. Kua Lim discovered molds and bacteria in our bedroom and gymnasium below and they are now being cleaned completely.
I have been able to placate the hill tribes, the Palawan Tausogs, the Manobos, the Higanons, the T’boli, the Mansakos etc as well as the Moslems.
We met with the Alontos (Domocao, the delegate, Madki and Gov. Tarhata Alonto Lucman) and the Cotobao Datus, the Sinsuats, the Ampatuans, Kudanding etc.
And started operations PARE under Gen. Aluvete and Chairman Aboitiz of the MDA.
Interview by Richardson of the Australian paper The Age.
And met the delegations led by Gov. Espinosa of Masbate, Gov. and Congressman Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur and Cong. Gustilo of Negros Occidental.
Talked to Kokoy on the US situation. Washington apparently for my martial law but not that of Pres. Park Chung Hee of Korea. He does not seem to have any reason for it as he is now negotiating the union of North and South Korea.
Am now working on the labor intensive investments like garments, embroideries and cottage industries.
And the impact infrastructure like the roads and destroyed dikes, irrigation electric & power projects etc.
Finalizing land reform (ownership phase) on the basis of transfer of ownership over land in excess of six hectares.
Oct. 18, 1972
Yesterday I was informed Pres. Park Chung Hee of Korea placed South Korea under martial law since 6:00 PM.
Ex-Foreign Minister Kiichi Aichi, personal representative of Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan arrived yesterday and conferred with me on the Japan-People’s Republic of China normalization of diplomatic relations, this morning.
I emphasized the security aspect more than the economic aspect. Since the agreement is similar to the U.S.-Red China communique in that it considers the question of Taiwan internal to China to be decided between Red China and Nationalist China, Taiwan would probably become a part of Red China and be our next door neighbor. Red China like Nationalist China would then claim the Spratley Islands and further raise a source of quarrel with the Philippines.
I asked Japan to support our position that the Spratley Islands are Trust Territories and that Taiwan should be defended by American Forces in force is used by Red China to settle the question.
I attach my notes.
Interviewed by Hayward of the Christian Science Monitor. Then met the sugar planters and millers who were up in arms against Ex-Sec. Alfredo Montelibano for illegal exactions of two pesos allegedly for lobby in the US and ConCon.
I created the Sugar Commission.
Met the Cotabato leaders, Datu Kudanding, Abdullah Sangki brough by Datu Akulan, mayor of Maginog.
1:00 AM, Oct 8th
Oct. 7, 1972
Have been busy finishing the Reform Program.
We have to revise the targets and the plans.
And the NBC people with Liz Trotta, the Singapore-based NBC correspondent and panelist in the Spivak Meet the Press show tomorrow night, have been busy preparing my study for the interview at 12:30 PM.
But played golf this afternoon with Miniong Disini and Gen. Romy Espino to keep my weight down. I believe I have been able to bring it down to 132 1/2 from 136 pds.
Time and Newsweek have better balanced stories this week. Time quote Aquino (Sen. Benigno) from the Far Eastern Review to the effect that the country would be willing to have a Lee Kwan Yu or Chung Hee Park and some short-cuts.