Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 11, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you commemorate the anniversary of your nation’s independence onJune 12.

The Philippines holds a special place in my life. As a young Senator I witnessed firsthand the strength of the Philippines’ democracy and the power of a single voice.

Today is a celebration of voices. These are the voices of those who died standing shoulder to shoulder with U.S troops in World War II protecting our global freedom, the voices of victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the voices of the thousands of dedicated, hardworking, and resilient Filipinos living overseas, and the voices of our youth. These united voices, alongside our own, have created a proud history and an enduring alliance with the Philippines.

The United States applauds the efforts of the Philippines’ leadership in the fight against climate change, in raising awareness of the need for disaster preparation, and as host of APEC this year. We recognize the Philippines’ fight against violent extremism and efforts to strengthen further our economic ties. Our shared democratic values, growing trade and investment, and strong people-to-people ties will continue to unite our countries.

The United States has been privileged to call the Philippines a friend for many years. This friendship continues due to our shared goals of spreading democracy and democratic values.

As you celebrate across the archipelago, the United States stands with you as an unwavering ally, partner and friend. May the Philippines continue to teach the world lessons in resilience, accountability, and democracy.

I wish the people of the Philippines peace and prosperity in the years to come. Mabuhay!