Statement of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of the induction into office of Speaker Benigno S. Aquino as Vice-President and Director General of tile Kalibapi, Manila, May 18, 1944:

We are all agreed on one proposition: the survival of our people, the reality of our independence and the perpetuation of a Republic of the Philippines, by the Filipinos and for the Filipinos. To achieve this fundamental purpose, the Republic of the Philippines needs the support of every Filipino man, woman and child. To attain unity, all the live forces of the country must be integrated to support this Government. For this purpose, we need a political organization, and this is the Kalibapi. After we shall have tided over our people to better times we shall be free to make all the changes in our political organization. To lead the country in this vital and important role of unification, I have selected a man of action, of courage, and whose undying patriotism cannot be questioned: Speaker Aquino.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library