Message of recognition by Spain, October 22, 1943:

HIS EXCELLENCY
MR. JOSE P. LAUREL
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES
MANILA

I HAVE RECEIVED YOUR AMIABLE TELEGRAM IN WHICH I AM INFORMED THAT ON OCTOBER 14 OF THIS YEAR THE PHILIPPINES PROCLAIMED HER INDEPENDENCE. YOUR EXCELLENCY HAS THE KINDNESS OF EXPRESSING TO ME YOUR SINCERE DESIRE THAT THERE SHALL EXIST BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES THE MOST CORDIAL RELATIONS OF UNITY AND FRIENDSHIP. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS HAD DURING SO MANY CENTURIES RELATIONS OF SO PROFOUND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING WITH THE PHILIPPINES AS SPAIN AND THIS BOND OF UNION OF HISTORICAL CONSANGUINITY AND AFFECTION IS INDESTRUCTIBLE AND WILL ENDURE WHATEVER VICISSITUDES MAY COME EXPRESSING THE MOST SINCERE SENTIMENTS NOT ONLY OF THE CHIEF OF THE SPANISH STATE GENERALISSIMO FRANCO AND HIS GOVERNMENT AND MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUT ALSO OF ALL THE SPANISH PEOPLE I CAN ASSURE YOUR EXCELLENCY THAT THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINES AND SPAIN WILL ALWAYS BE ON A PLANE OF PERFECT COMPREHENSION AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING. IT IS ESPECIALLY GRATIFYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OCCASION TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THIS WAY TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND TO EXPRESS THE ASSURANCES OF MY DISTINGUISHED CONSIDERATION.

CONDE JORDANA
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SPAIN

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library