Radio broadcast by His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of an exchange of radio messages with His Excellency, Premier General Hideki Tozyo of Japan, Friday evening, October 15, 1943:

Permit me to convey to you, and through you to the great Empire of Nippon, our sincere thanks and gratitude for the grant of Philippine Independence which we proclaimed and inaugurated yesterday. The freedom of the Philippines had been the dream and the sacred ideal of our country, and thanks to the generosity of the great Empire of Nippon we have at last achieved the great boon of liberty.

We absolutely acknowledge the service of the Imperial Japanese Forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy, which unselfishly aided us in laying the foundations for the achievement of independence. We are ready, at all times, to cooperate with Japan in her sacred mission to liberate the enslaved nations of Greater East Asia. The problems that confront the new Republic of the Philippines are numerous and difficult,, but we shall go forward to deserve our position as a worthy member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and the concert of free nations of the world.

May you enjoy the blessings of good health and may you continue your work in leading your nation along the path of righteousness and justice.

The eighteen million Filipinos are thanking you for your leadership and extend to you their respect and best wishes.

Please convey this message of thanks to your co-workers in the various Ministries of the Japanese Government and extend to them the best wishes and gratitude of the Filipino nation.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library