HIS EXCELLENCY MANUEL L. QUEZON
PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
DESIGNATION OF COLONEL JOSE DE LOS REYES AS ACTING
CHIEF OF STAFF: GENERAL BASILIO VALDES AS ASSIST-
ANT CHIEF OF STAFF; AND COLONEL PAULINO
SANTOS TO RENDER SERVICES IN THE HEAD-
QUARTERS OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF
THE PHILIPPINE ARMY
[Released to the Press, January 11, 1936]
I have today designated Colonel Jose de los Reyes as Acting Chief of Staff with the rank of Brigadier-General for the Philippine Army. Colonel Reyes has retired from the Constabulary since the year 1930, and is now Chief of the Secret Service Division of the Bureau of Customs. He is the senior officer among all the living Constabulary native officers, and his record during all the years that he served in the Constabulary has been outstanding. His integrity and high character, his ability and devotion to duty is being recognized not only throughout the organization which he so faithfully and brilliantly served, but throughout the country as well. After hearing the opinion of General MacArthur, the military adviser of this Government, I have come to the conclusion that for the present this is the best appointment that can be made.
General Valdes is designated Assistant Chief of Staff with the rank of Brigadier-General of the line, and Colonel Francisco also Assistant Chief of Staff with the rank of Colonel. I have also considered appointing Colonel Santos as Assistant Chief of Staff, but due to the immediate necessity of transferring Bilibid Prison, I am for the time being retaining him as Director of the Bureau of Prisons, so that he may carry out this very important work for which he is especially fitted, although at the same me I am designating him to render services in the Headquarters of the General Staff under his present commission whenever his services may be required.
Source: Presidential Museum and Library