Garcia, Carlos P.

1958 TLS as Philippine President to “Meet the Press” producer-host, Lawrence E. Spivak

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(1896-1971) Filipino teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, political economist and guerrilla leader, and 8th President of the Philippines 1957-61. He earned his law degree in 1923 but he worked as a teacher for two years at Bohol Provincial High School. He became famous for his poetry in Bohol. He started his political career in 1925, scoring an impressive victory running for Congress from Bohol. He was elected for another term in 1928 and served until 1931. He was elected governor of Bohol in 1933 but served only until 1941 when he successfully ran for the Philippine Senate but his term cut short during WW II. He took the post when Congress convened in 1945 after the Philippines was liberated from the Japanese. He was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs by President Magsaysay for 4 years concurrently serving as Vice President. As Secretary, he opened formal reparation negotiations in an effort to end the 9-year technical state of war between Japan and the Philippines, leading to an agreement in April 1954. During the Geneva Conference on Korean unification and other Asian problems, García as chairman of the Philippine delegation attacked communist promises in Asia and defended US policy in the Far East. He was chairman of the 8-nation Southeast Asian Security Conference held in Manila in September 1954, which led to the development of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, known as SEATO. Vice President García was inaugurated as 8th President of the Philippines upon Magsaysay's death on March 17, 1957. After much discussion, official and public, the Congress of the Philippines approved a bill outlawing the Communist Party of the Philippines and President García signed the bill into law on June 19, 1957 and the sustained government campaign for peace and order achieved considerable progress and success. He exercised the Filipino First Policy, which heavily favored Filipino businessmen over foreign investors. He was also responsible for changes in retail trade that greatly affected Chinese businessmen in the country. García's administration was characterized by its austerity program and its insistence on a comprehensive nationalist policy. On March 3, 1960, he affirmed the need for complete economic freedom and added that the government no longer would tolerate the dominance of foreign interests (especially American) in the national economy. He was also credited with his role in reviving Filipino cultural arts. During his administration, he acted on the Bohlen–Serrano Agreement that shortened the lease of the US Bases from 99 years to 25 years and made it renewable after every 5 years. At the end of his 2nd term, he ran for re–election but was defeated by VP Diosdado Macapagal, of the opposing Liberal Party – in the Philippines the President and the Vice President are elected separately. On June 1, 1971, García was elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention. The delegates elected him President of the Convention but just days after he died from a heart attack. He was the 1st president to have his remains lie in-state at the Manila Cathedral and 1st president buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. TLS as President on 10 x 8 Malacanang Palace letterhead with white official embossed seal at top center, Manila, March 27 1958, to Lawrence E. Spivak, producer of “Meet The Press”. Garcia agrees to appear on “America’s Press Conference of ther Air” during his state visit to the US to “…reach millions of Americans in the interest of promoting better and closer Philippine-American relations.” With stamped envelope. Lawrence E. Spivak (1900-1994) American publisher and journalist best known as the co-founder, producer and host of the prestigious public affairs program “Meet the Press.” It became the longest-running continuous network series in television history. During his 28 years as panelist and moderator of “Meet the Press”, Spivak was known for his pointed questioning of policy makers.

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