Remarks of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of the luncheon given in honor of Bureau Directors and others in the government service Manila, December 17, 1943.


The task of nation-building and the task of reconstruction cannot be undertaken by the President alone; neither can that task be undertaken by the members of his Cabinet alone. The task is a common one, and in appreciation of the manhood that we have here this noon the life and vigor of our governmental organization, the directors and the gentlemen in the government service present here this morning; as a modest appreciation of their splendid work and cooperation in the task of building a new nation and in the task of reconstruction, I am offering this humble luncheon this noon. May I express the hope that with your unstinted support, with your patriotism and loyalty to the common cause, we shall make the independence of the Philippines complete and real. May I ask you, gentlemen, to rise and drink to the health and common prosperity of a common country, the Philippines.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library