Reply of President Jose P. Laurel to the message of recognition by the Italian Republican Fascist State, October 27, 1943:

HIS EXCELLENCY BENITO MUSSOLINI
ROME

I THANK YOUR EXCELLENCY MOST SINCERELY FOR INFORMING ME THAT YOUR EXCELLENCY’S GOVERNMENT IS GREATLY PLEASED OVER THE PROCLAMATION OF THE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE AND RECOGNIZES THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (STOP) I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY RECIPROCATE YOUR EXCELLENCY’S GOOD WISHES.

(SGD.) JOSE P. LAUREL
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

(SGD.) JOSE GIL
ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library