Appendix 4.16: Marcos Diary Entry, 27 January 1973

Kasarinlan Philippine Journal of Third World Studies


In the previous entries, Marcos claimed, in so many words, that he was ready to disregard or dismantle the Supreme Court if it becomes uncooperative. Here, he says that the Court has to be handled “with finesse” because it may become “the rallying point of the opponents of reform.” It seems that by this date, Marcos had come to consider the Supreme Court as his double-edged sword—potentially his ultimate legitimizer as well as the instrument of his regime’s dismantlement.

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