Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, read by Chairman Arsenio N. Luz of the Board of Information, to the Indian Independence League at its monthly gathering, Manila, February 21, 1944:

The attainment of Indian freedom and independence in this war will be a victory for all Asians It will be additional assurance for the stability of a new world order of moral justice which embraces mutual recognition of each other’s culture and traditions, and reciprocal economic cooperation.

The battle of India for freedom is an intimate part of struggle to decide whether this century shall belong to the all-encroaching power of an individualistic Western imperialism premised on political disintegration in Europe and racial division in Asia, or whether this century shall be dedicated to peace, reciprocity and cooperation among self-respecting, independent and co-prosperous nations of every race and clime.

For the first time since 1857, as your revered Netaji, Subhas Chandra Bose, says, you have a government of your own and your people outside India are standing shoulder to shoulder with your freedom-fighters at home. Your Netaji has given the signal that has set your National Army on the march towards the frontiers of India and ultimately to Delhi to plant the Indian standard there. Knowing what this will mean to all Asians, naturally and logically Filipinos included, we can only pray that God will speed the day when India’s Army of Liberation shall hold its victory parade inside the Red Fortress of India’s metropolis.

India, Light of Asia, cradle of world civilization and, with Egypt, Greece, and Rome, leader of humanity in learning and in faith throughout the ages, a beacon in the midst of universal darkness in centuries past—is certain to emerge revitalized from the present upheaval. Once again, she will prove that while generations may physically perish and disappear, the Spirit of the East is immortal, dynamic and unchangeable, assertive and sovereign.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library