Official Week in Review: July 11 – July 17, 1969

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July 11—

PRESIDENT MARCOS continued to work mostly in his study uninterrupted by visitors, while consulting with administration leaders on various problems.

Among other concerns, he studied reports on important government programs and made decisions on urgent matters. He -also announced the replacement of Acting NAWASA General Manager Antonio Menor by Brig. Gen. Sergio Isada (ret.), former commander of the AFP engineer brigade.

Menor has long been on sick leave after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

The President also issued a proclamation, setting aside July 14-20 as Blood Donors’ Week, to honor the volunteers who are the mainstay of the Philippine National Red Cross Blood Program. The special week highlights the foundation anniversary of the PNRC on July 17.

He worked alone at the desk through the evening, but remained available to other leaders for consultations.

Meanwhile, the President asked the Filipinos to be guided by the examples of illustrious Filipinos like Dr. Pio Valenzuela, a founding member of the Katipunan, in brief remarks at ceremonies in Valenzuela, Bulacan commemorating the centenary of the patriot after whom his hometown was named.

In a short speech in Pilipino read by Secretary of Labor Bias F. Ople, the President said that in meeting present challenges the nation can take inspiration from the country’s heroic past.

The valuable legacy of the Filipino, race, he said, may be gleaned from the numerous events which had glorified Filipino ideals, from the valor of Lapu-Lapu to the other heroic acts of great Filipinos.

The challenges and difficulties facing the country, he said, can be overcome if “we remember always that our forefathers made great sacrifices and even gave up their lives to free our country from bondage.”

July 12—

PRESIDENT MARCOS bent closely to the desk work at hand, leaving it only once during the day when he addressed the closing session of the joint seminar put up by the FAO, ECAFE, and ILO, at the WHO building on United Nations Avenue.

As is his wont on weekends, the President confined his workday to studying state papers and otherwise doing desk work. He received only officials with urgent matter’s to take up, but consulted freely with aides.

He motored to the WHO building in the morning for his speaking engagement, accompanied by Land Authority Gov, Conrado Estrella, and Brig. Gen. Vicente Raval, PC chief.

In his speech, the President emphasized the importance of land reform in Asian countries, as an essential agent in effecting change and in buttressing national stability. He projected the Philippines’ own efforts in this field, asserting that substantial gains have been made in land reform since its initial and limited; implementation by the past administration.

From the seminar, the President returned straight to Malacañang where he resumed his paper work.

Early in the evening, the President, along with the First Lady, Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos, left for the Plaza Restaurant in Makati, to attend the celebration of the silver wedding anniversary of Colonel and Mrs. Fabian Ver. Col. Ver is the commander of the Presidential Guard Battalion:

July 13—

PRESIDENT MARCOS spent a quiet weekend, devoting most of his time in his study.

He devoted the early morning hours to reading then joined the First Lady, Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos, and their children, Imee, Bongbong and Irene, to inquire into the children’s studies.

The only officials who saw the President included Assistant Executive Secretaries Jose J. Leido, Jr. and Gilberto Duavit, and Dr. Guillermo’ de Vega of the Executive Office.

In the evening, the President and the family hear Mass at the Palace chapel.

The President worked on state papers until late at night.

July 14

PRESIDENT MARCOS had a full day of conferences and visitors as well as of continuing desk work.

Among other actions, he formed a committee to investigate the charges of malversation against Licerio Sendaydiego, provincial treasurer of Pangasinan, and several others; extended the fund drive of the Elks Cerebral Palsy project; and asked the Department of Justice to keep hands off the case of Senator Sergio Osmeña, Jr., who is facing graft charges and others, in order to avoid any taint of political persecution. The President conferred with a number of top officials, including Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Manuel Collantes, Assistant Executive Secretary Gilberto Duavit and Assistant Press Secretary Jacobo C. Clave; Immigration Commissioner Edmundo Reyes, Secretary of Justice Juan Ponce Enrile, and Governor C.onrado Estrella of the Land Authority.

Other/ callers were:

1. Senator Alejandro Almendras, Rep. Constancio Maglana and Gov. Leopoldo Lopez of Davao Oriental; Gov. Verulo Boiser and Vice Gov. Geeilia A, de la Paz of Davao del Norte.

2. A delegation from Quezon City headed by Mayor Norberto Amoranto and Vice Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr.

4. Rep. Andres Cosalan of Mt. Province and Councilors Jose Florendo and Ruben Ayson of Baguio City.

5. Luis Narciso and Mac Fabian, national chairman and executive secretary, respectively, of the Farmers Agrarian Reform Movement (FARM), who were accompanied by Dean Jeremias Montemayor, president of the Federation of Free Farmers; and Chairman Raoul Beloso of the Small Farmers Commission.

They discussed the means of speeding up the implementation of land reform.

6. Marinduque mayors headed by Dominador Leonida, president of the Mayors League.

7. Eastern Samar mayors accompanied by Rep. Felipe Abrigo.

8. Mayor Jose Luciano of Makati, Rizal, who was accompanied by Civil Service Commissioner Abelardo Subido.

The President issued a proclamation extending the national educational and fund campaign of the Elks Cerebral Palsy Project, Inc. up to September 30 this year. The organization was originally authorized to conduct a drive from May 1 to June 30, under Proclamation No. 520 issued on February 12, 1969.

The President also ordered the Presidential Investigation Committee headed by Dr. Gaudencio Garcia to inquire immediately into the charges. against the officials of the Games and Amusements Board filed by the Philippine Racing Club, Inc., by one Carlos H. Reyes, and by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The charges range from fixing of races, falsification, usurpation .of official functions, oppressive exercise of authority, gross insubordination and wilful violation of a lawful order.

July 15—

PRESIDENT MARCOS had several conferences, notably with, top Nacionalista leaders headed by Senate President Gil J. Puyat, NP president, during which the NP leaders said the national directorate meeting of the NP will be held on July 27, in deference to the crowded schedule of officials just before and during the visit of US President Richard Nixon.

Others at the meeting with NP leaders were Secretary Constancio Castaneda, NP secretary-general; Senator Alejandro Almendras, Speaker Protempore Jose Aldeguer, and Gov. Isidro Rodriguez of Rizal.

Meanwhile, in between, conferences the President worked at his desk. Among other actions, he ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration to allow the entry of Larry Tractman, an American who seeks to operate a business here. The US national was denied entry by officials of the two offices ostensibly because of derogatory information on the American entrepreneur’s previous business activities here; as well as directed the Department of National Defense to begin paying veterans’ claims for certain/benefits amounting to ₱5000 plus.

The President also reenacted the signing of two bills which interested parties requested him to do. The bills are the amended backpay measure,, which now extends benefits to guerrillas previously unrecognized; and. the bill establishing Mandaue City in Cebu.

Notable callers during the day included Princess Tarhata Kiram, accompanied by Sultan Mohammad Esmail, Kiram of Sulu; and a., group of officials from Southern Leyte, accompanied by Rep. Nicanor Yñiguez. The President conferred with the group- on problems in the province.

July 16—

PRESIDENT MARCOS had as usual a schedule crowded with a variety of activities, including a television interview with a Japanese team of newsmen and a meeting with Senator Ambrosio Padilla who came with provincial political leaders.

Other activities included receiving a steady flow of callers, sitting down for conferences, and doing the usual indispensable paper work. Again, he reenacted for interested parties the signing of a bill.

Early in the morning, the President received Senator Padilla who called along with a group of .his political supporters from the Liberal Party.

Those who came with the Senator were former Governor Alfredo Bantug; Mayors Gavino Lim of Liloan, Edgarino Espina of Maasin, Leonor Galdo of Macrohon, Maximino Tidalgo, Jr. of Malitbog and Perfecto A. Lim of Pintuyan, all from the province of Southern Leyte.

At 9:30 a.m., the President sat down with representatives of the Nippon Hoso Kyokai of Japan for a televised interview.

Working on state papers in-between callers, the President, among other actions, proclaimed July 23 as Mabini Day in the province of Batangas and the cities of Batangas and Lipa, to give people in those places ample opportunity to honor the Sublime Paralytic, on his birthday and signed 12 ad interim appointments to various posts in the government.

He also reenacted later in the morning the signing into law of House Bill No. 2902, which sets up. the charter creating Dipolog City.

Witnessing the signing were Gov. Virginio Lacaya and Rep. Alberto Ubay of Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog Mayor Felicisimo Herrera, Provincial Engineer Conrado Romero, Solicitor Carlos W. Ortega, and Segundo Cortes, provincial social welfare’ director.

Among other callers were former Senator Estanislao Fernandez; a delegation from Agusan headed by Rep. Jose Aquino and Gov. Consuelb Calo; a delegation from Cotabato led by Datu Abdullah Sangki; Rep. Lamberto Macias of Negros Oriental; Governors Vicente Magsaysay of Zambales and Vicente Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur.

July 17—

PRESIDENT MARCOS helicoptered to Nieves, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija early in the morning where he was guest of honor at the mid-year conference and 17th anniversary of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement.

The President, accompanied by PACD Secretary Ernesto Maceda, Gov. Eduardo Cojuangco of Tarlac, Brig. Gen. Vicente Raval, PC chief; and Brig. Gen. Hanz Menzi, his senior aide, arrived at the PRRM center at 10:45 a.m., after a 35-minute flight.

The President’s party was met on landing by Chairman Manuel Manahan of the Central Luzon Study Commission, who is also the PRRM president; Secretary of Social Welfare Gregorio Feliciano, Rep. Angel Concepcion of Nueva Ecija and Mayor Tagumpay Nagano of San Leonardo.

He was given full military honors by a guard of honor. On emerging from the helicopter, enthusiastic welcomers carried him on their shoulders.

At the PRRM center, the President greeted the rural workers who came from various parts of the country to participate in the PRRM fete.

Among the honor guests were some 27 barrio captains from Batanes province, the northernmost region of the Philippines.

Prominent among others present were Dean Conrado Benitez, chairman of the PRRM Board of Trustees; Senator Helena Benitez, and Brig. Gen. Felizardo Tanabe, First PC zone commander.

During the ceremonies, the President conferred service awards to 32 rural reconstruction workers. Radio Station DZCI of Cabanatuan City was among the awardees.

Secretaries Maceda and Feliciano were also special awardees, the first receiving a PRRM plaque of gratitude, while the DSW chief received the Order-of Sikatuna, rank of Lakan, for distinguished service in the promotion of rural reconstruction.

Chairman Manahan rendered a report on the accomplishments of PRRM, While also pinpointing the movement’s problems.

To dramatize public support for the movement, President Marcos announced he was giving ₱5,000 from his personal funds as donation to PRRM, and further pledged government assistance in the amount of ₱100,000 to the movement “if the law allows it.”

The President joined the guests at a luncheon- after the ceremonies. He then flew back to Malacañang at 1:50 p.m.

Before flying to Nueva Ecija, the President directed the People’s Home-site and Housing Corporation (PHHC) to pay the salaries of its employees immediately.

He issued the-order through Assistant Executive Secretary Flores Bayot, upon; receiving a wire in the morning from Armando Malay, president of the PHHC Supervisors’ Union, reporting the non-payment of employees’ salaries since last month.

He told PHHC General Manager Sebastian Santiago to pay all employees’ salaries up to the 15th of this month.

The President worked on state papers in the afternoon and through the evening.

Source: University of the Philippines, College of Law Library

Office of the President of the Philippines. (1969). Official Week in Review. Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, 65(29), dxliii-dxlvii.