Remarks by Chairman Jorge B. Vargas of the former Executive Commission, accepting his commission as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to Japan, at Malacañan, Manila, October 25, 1943. His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, administered the oath of office to Ambassador Vargas.

YOUR EXCELLENCY:

I am deeply honored by the commission you nave extended to me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Empire of Nippon, and by the kind and generous words with which you have accompanied this manifestation of your trust and confidence in my poor and undeserving self. I am keenly aware of my personal limitations and if, with all humility, I accept the mission you have entrusted to me, I do so only because of my firm conviction that every citizen of the Republic should be ready and willing to serve in whatever capacity you, as our chosen leader, should designate.

Your Excellency has in this respect been an inspiring model and I trust that none of us shall fail to give that faithful cooperation and support, that noble sacrifice of personal considerations to the cause of our unity and freedom, which you have so signally rendered in the pursuit of our independence in the past. In that spirit I look forward to my mission with deep faith in the glorious destiny of our nation and with utmost confidence in your leadership as our President and Commander-in-Chief.

The Imperial Japanese Government has placed beyond doubt or cavit its unselfish ideals in the present war, and I am in full sympathy with the desire of Your Excellency and the Foreign Minister to maintain with it the most close and harmonious relations. Please accept therefore my most loyal and earnest assurances that, as your Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Empire of Nippon, I shall ever endeavor, under your leadership, to serve the cause of amity and alliance with that great and mighty nation whose high ideal we share of creating a new world in which all the Oriental peoples may find peace, liberty, prosperity and honor.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library