Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 10, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 12.

The United States and the Philippines share a deep commitment to democratic values, and the national elections you held last month are testament to the strength of your enduring institutions and traditions. I thank President Aquino for being a strong ally and a faithful friend for the United States over the last six years. As our two nations continue our work to strengthen regional peace and security, combat climate change, stamp out terrorism, and fight transnational crime, we look forward to the leadership of president-elect Duterte and another era of strong cooperation.

Please accept my best wishes for your continued peace and prosperity.