From the diaries of Ferdinand E. Marcos
13, Wednesday, at 11:00 pm:Ã¢â‚¬Â¦So I met with Johnny Ponce Enrile, Gen. Tom Diaz, Col. Montoya, Col. Romy Gatan, and Danding Cojuangco this evening at Pangarap and we agreed to set the 21st of this month as the deadline.In the meantime Sen. Aquino in a privilege speech, today, claims we have an OPLAN Sagitarrius, which allegedly includes placing Greater Manila under PC Control preparatory to proclaiming martial law.This is nothing but the contingency plan for the coordination of the local police forces and the Armed Forces in case of insurgency.It is ridiculous to ascribe it to the plan of martial law since it referts to calling out the troops to quell a disorder.But of course the media will give it all kind of meaning.But, again, perhaps it is best that the political opposition start a debate that will get the people used to the idea of emergency powers.Sept.Ã‚Â 14, 1972, Thursday, at 11:50 pm:After golf, at 9:00 amat my room at Pangarap while taking breakfast, I told the SND, C of S, Major Service Commanders (Gen. Ramos, PC, Gen. Zagala, PA, Romando, PAF and Commodore Ruiz, PN) Gen. Ver and Gen. Paranis that I intend to declare martial law to liquidate the communist apparatus, reform our government and society, then have the Concon ratify our acts and the people can confirm it by plebiscite and return to constitutional processes; but that I needed at least one year and two months; that this would be a legitimate exercise of my emergency powers under the constitution as clarified by the Habeas Corpus case by the Supreme Court last January; that we need to cure the ills of our society by radical means (I mentioned corruption, tax evasion, criminality, smuggling, lack of discipline, unequal opportunities) so we must keep our moves clean and submerge self-interest.I asked for any objection to the plan and there was none except for the observation of Gen. Ramos that the closing of the media should be done by a civilian minister supported by the military, and Gen. Gen. Romando who wanted missions definitely assigned to each branch of the service.Sep….Ã‚Â Ponce Enrile of Sept. 8, 1972 where he reported that Sen. Aquino had met with Jose Maria Sison of the Communist Party and had talked about a link-up of the Liberal Party and the Communist PartyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.So since I invited Sen. Pres. Puyat, Speaker VillarealÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I explained to the media which was covering us that when I invited the leaders of the Liberal Party I had wanted a private conference where we could, as Filipinos and for the welfare of our people, agree that neither party (Nacionalista or Liberal) would Ã¢â‚¬Å“link-upÃ¢â‚¬Â with the Communist Party but their refusal to attend indicated that the Liberals were in on the deal to Ã¢â‚¬Å“link-upÃ¢â‚¬Â with the Communists through Sen. AquinoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Sept..
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