Message of recognition by the Great German Reich, October 16, 1943:

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

I HAVE THE HONOR TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THE TELEGRAM OF THE 14TH INSTANT, WHEREBY YOUR EXCELLENCY INFORMED ME THAT ON THE SAME DATE THE PHILIPPINES HAD PROCLAIMED HER INDEPENDENCE, DECLARED HERSELF A SOVEREIGN NATION AND CONSTITUTED A GOVERNMENT. YOUR EXCELLENCY HAS FURTHER MANIFESTED THE DESIRE THAT THE MOST CORDIAL RELATIONS AND FRIENDLIEST ASSOCIATION MAY EXIST BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GREAT GERMAN REICH HAS TAKEN MOST FAVORABLE COGNIZANCE OF YOUR EXCELLENCY’S COMMUNICATION AND I HAVE THE HONOR IN THE NAME OF THE REICH’S GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE THE RECOGNITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES WHILE I HEREBY (FROM THIS COMMUNICATION) REQUEST YOUR EXCELLENCY TO PLEASE CONVEY THE SINCERE WISHES OF THE REICH’S GOVERNMENT AND OF THE GERMAN PEOPLE TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES FOR A HAPPY FUTURE.

ACCEPT, MR. PRESIDENT, THE ASSURANCES OF MY DISTINGUISHED CONSIDERATION.

(SGD.) JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library