Remarks by His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, at the oath taking of Chairman Jorge B. Vargas of the former Executive Commission as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Empire of Nippon, Manila, October 25, 1943.

GENTLEMEN:

I am sure that our people will rejoice in the appointment of one of our most distinguished citizens as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Greater Empire of Japan. Ordinarily it is a difficult task for the Chief Executive to select a diplomatic representative to represent the Republic abroad. In the case of the former Chairman of the Executive Commission, however, it has been quite an easy task because he is a man peculiarly qualified for this position of great responsibility, a man temperamentally cool and reflective, a man who has the necessary background and experience, who knows human nature, who has led our country in the most crucial period of military administration, a man who is not only patriotic but self-sacrificing.

Upon the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Chief Executive has appointed this great man to that important post, and this appointment is important because this is the first appointment that has been made by the new Republic to represent our nation near His Imperial Majesty’s Government in Japan.

I extend my felicitations to His Excellency, the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and I am sure that my colleagues in the Executive Department of our government join me in this felicitation which we extend to him. With his broad vision and his patriotism and Filipinism, I am sure that the Republic of the Philippines will be worthily represented in Japan.

May God bless him and guide him in doing what he thinks is best for the interest of the people and government that he will represent in the Great Empire of Japan.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library