Statement of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the second anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor, Manila, May 7, 1944:

The fall of Corregidor on May 7, 1942, wrote I dramatic finis to a bold adventure in “Manifest Destiny” in the Pacific. The failure of Corregidor to sustain its reputation as that Destiny’s impregnable bulwark, was in a manner of speaking, the just measure of the civilization and the way of life that the island fortress was supposed to uphold and defend. How valuable that civilization was, and how reliable that way of life, this war has enabled us to judge. We have found that they have failed to measure up to expectations.

Our duty in the face of this tragic discovery is obvious: it is set our face resolutely towards the future and develop ourselves a firm and lasting foundation more in keeping with the heritage and spirit of our race as dwellers of this part of the world; it is to explore ourselves and our resources as Filipinos and as Asians and develop durable loyalties as such. Anything short of this outlook is to miss the point of which the fall of Corregidor was both symbol and portent.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library