Speech of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, at the Kalibapi hour, over Station PIAM, Manila, December 3, 1943:

The history of the Orient has been, sad to say, a history of human exploitation. In order to put an end to this cruel state of affairs and establish a sphere of co-existence and co-prosperity based on ethical principles, Japan, on December 8, 1941, declared war against England and America.

The speedy attainment of that noble aim is borne out by the establishment of the National Government of China, the independence of the Philippines and Burma, the recognition of Free India, and the liberal policy towards the people of Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Malay and other countries under her authority.

As we approach the second anniversary of the outbreak of the Greater East Asia War, we can only feel more keenly our gratitude to Japan for risking her all so that the people of East Asia might live in peace and brotherhood promoting their own welfare and common prosperity, and contributing to the happiness of mankind.

Now that Japan has succeeded in establishing the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, England and America, still intent on dominating this part of the world, are frantically endeavoring to launch a counter-offensive to undo what has so nobly been done by Japan. It should be the self-imposed obligation of the members of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere to unite firmly and co-operate fully with each other to help Japan insure the security of East Asia.

The recent Greater East Asia Congress held in Tokyo, in which all the free peoples of East Asia were represented, was a concrete evidence of their solid union and their determination to unite with Japan for the realization of her altruistic mission in the present war.

The Filipino people, conscious of their duties and responsibilities in this regard, have been fully cooperating with Japan to enable her to bring the Greater East Asia War to a successful conclusion and will continue to cooperate until the ultimate objective has been attained and all the people of Greater East Asia are completely liberated from Occidental domination.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library