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Philippines,   pp. 1399-1528 PDF (53.5 MB)

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796.11/1-850: Telegram
The Ambassador in-the Philippines (Cowen) to the Secretary of State
TOP SECRET                         MANILA, January 8, 1950-9 a. m.
  75. Deptel 13 January 6; Embtels 2962, December 30, 50 January 5,
56 and 67 January 6 and 73 January 7,2 For Butterworth 3 and Melby.4
Jose Yulo l called on me evening January 6 to inform me that he had
at President Quirino's insistence agreed accompany him to US in role
economic adviser. In response my questions what economic and related
matters Quirino proposes take up while in Washington, Yulo replied:
   (1) Further war damage or other US financial aid;
   (2) International Bank loan;
   (3) Recognition additional guerrillas with implication extension
to them of veteran's benefits.
   Yulo added he was going reluctantly because of disapproval manner
in which Quirino has handled various matters, placing Philippine
Government as he has in position where it will not be deemed to have
earned right to expect further aid at this time.
  I feel confident Department will agree that there are number of
things Philippine Government should do for itself if further US
aid is not to be dissipated without achieving desired results. I fear
that financial situation of that government will have to become sub-
  For previous documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1949, vol. vii, Part
1, pp.
591 ff.
  2President Quirino was elected to a full 4-year term on November 8, 1949,
was inaugurated on December 29. At an inauguration day reception for foreign
diplomatic officers, President Quirino informed Ambassador Myron M. Cowen
that he intended to go to the United States in January 1950 for medical treatment
at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He was to be accompanied by members
his family but not by any high-ranking Philippine officials. Quirino indicated
that he expected no official entertaining or notice to be made of his trip,Lbut
did hope to have an ,opportunity to call upon President Truman. The messages
under reference here, none of which are printed, dealt with the travel plans
of President Quirino.
  W   Walt' on Butterworth, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern
  4John F. Melby, Officer in Charge of Philippine Affairs, Office of Philippine
Southeast Asian Affairs.
  SPersonaladviser to Philippine President (and Secretary of Foreign Affairs)
Elpidio Quirino.
     507-851-76-  89

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