Schedule of breakfast & conference at Malacanang suspended probably due to Pampanga strike.
Conference w Lim, Garcia, De Jesus, [illegible] re atand on reorganization. De Jesus or [illegible] will propose separation of Constabulary.
I am preparing the synopsis of stand of Gen. Staff.
Centro Escolar — Mrs. Mendez & Mrs. Rodriguez want auxiliary service organized in their school. I believe they want to use this information for advertisement.
Conference at Malacanang — 11:00 to 1:15
Present — Sec Sison, Valdes, Francisco, Lim, Garcia, Segundo, [illegible], De Jesus
Subject — Justification of proposed cut of budget. Loss of confidence in MacArthur expressed by the Pres. He expects MacArthur to pull out when budget is reduced.
McA failures — He failed to tell Pres. that 16 million is only for training purposes. He failed to explain Mindanao defense. He places too much confidence on contingencies that may not happen.
Trend of the President’s thoughts —
1. Country can not defend itself under present plan
2. Money could be better used by altering present plans.
3. Peoples that have interest in the govt must be the ones to be prepared as then they shall defend the govt.
4. Interest of American armament — to be able to dictate terms of peace at end of war.
5. Japanese interest — to share in wealth of country, to be master of the Orient. Pres. Q does not believe Japan will come to the Phil and risk a war with America as America is one of her best trade customers.
Pres. Q. requests the General Staff to exert its utmost to provide the countrys defense after McA. leaves.
Pres. Q. argues with Gen. Staff memo on reduction of budget. The Army needs as presented are considered vital by him.
Played Polo today —
General Conference at Malacanang — 10:30-1:00
Subject — Defensibility of Islands —
Present: Sec. Sison, McA, Sutherland, Lim, Garcia, Segundo, [illegible], De Jesus, Magtoto — President Q Presiding–
Discussion — Pres. outlines history of McA. [illegible] Defensibility of Islands —
McA. quizzed by the Pres. on basis of his plan — Does it envision US.N. employment
McA. says no — He pretends his plan is self sufficient. He outlines Far Eastern balance of power as the thing that will insure independence. His opinion is six months of war, after that intervention by US or other power. He fails to answer Pres. Q on question of Mindanao —
Gen. Staff — opinion on budget reduction presented.
Called as witness. Quintero case.
Breakfast at Malacanang — 7:30 —
Present — Sec. Sison, Morato, Garcia, Segundo, President.
Subject of discussion — Army budget and possibilities —
Gen. Staff conference — 10:00 re budget reduction
I was detailed to write the report.
Worked all night in connection with Gen. Staff report re budget reduction.
Rode in the morning as usual. Went to office early. Took over question of training personnel out of Dau with Col. Ord. Informed him of excess officers Col. Garcia had ordered to duty. Victor says Ord questioned him on certain fases of G-2 work which Vic successfully explained. Had conference with Dugan re VH.
Called Karangalan R re AC. Conferred with Col. Garcia re use of mess savings.
Vador came in on Teachers Camp in La Salle. He identified anonymous letter as from the person I suspect.
Gen. Santos wants me to prepare explanatory note re guinit etc.
Father is very sick and may die tonight. Rode with N & C Bayot.