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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
  24. Statement by the President Concerning Philippine Independence  
May 5, 1945

I HAVE HAD several discussions with President Osmena on the subject of Philippine
independence. These discussions were started by President Roosevelt.

As a result of the discussions I have had with the President of the Philippines, I am prepared to
endorse and carry through to their conclusion the policies laid down by President Roosevelt
respecting the Islands and the independence of the Filipino people.

The date of independence will be advanced as soon as practicable in pursuance of the policy
outlined by Congress in S.J. Resolution 93. The Filipino people whose heroic and loyal stand in
this war has won the affection and admiration of the American people, will be fully assisted by
the United States in the great problem of rehabilitation and reconstruction which lies ahead.

In view of the special relationship between the United States and the Philippines as created by
S.J. Resolution 93, I believe that suitable reciprocal trade between the two countries should
continue for such time, after independence, as may be necessary to provide the new Republic
with a fair opportunity to secure its economic freedom and independence--a permanent blessing
for the patriotic people of the Philippines.

To assist me in the attainment of these objectives and with concurrence of President Osmena, I
am asking Senator Millard Tydings, of Maryland, Chairman of the Filipino Rehabilitation
Commission, to proceed to Manila as my special envoy to examine conditions there and report
his recommendations to me.

I have also designated the following to accompany Senator Tydings and to assist him in the
accomplishment of this mission:

Vice Admiral W. T. Tarrant, United States Navy;
Brigadier General Frank E. Lowe, United States Army;
Colonel Julian Baumann, United States Army;
George E. Ijams, Veterans Administration;
E. D. Hester, Interior Department;
J. Weldon Jones, Bureau of the Budget;
Ben D. Dorfman, United States Tariff Commission;
Daniel S. Brierley, United States Maritime Commission; and
C. H. Matthiessen, Consultant, War Production Board.

It will be my constant endeavor to be of assistance to the Philippines. I will be only too happy to
see to it that the close friendship between our two peoples, developed through many years of
fruitful association, is maintained and strengthened.

I hope to be able to accept the invitation of President Osmena to visit Manila at the inauguration
of the Philippine Republic.

NOTE: S.J. Res. 93 is Public Law 380, 78th Congress (58 Stat. 625).
Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.