MANILA - Malacanang talked integrity, solidarity, and sincere sacrifice on Republic Day, as it fended off criticisms over the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
"On this important day, may we take the time, as a people, to re-consecrate ourselves in service to our nation based on the principles of integrity, solidarity, and sincere sacrifice," Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
"Over the past six decades since the restoration of our Republic, we have tried to realize this promise of nationhood--going through four constitutions, witnessing eleven presidencies, and constantly striving to empower our fellowmen, so that they may enjoy the fullest measure of their rights, as well as fulfill their obligations to our nation as responsive, honest, and productive citizens," she added.
According to the Official Gazette, the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946.
This was the culmination of the process that began in 1916, when the Jones Law pledged the eventual recognition of Philippine independence, and the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1933, which provided for a 10-year transitional period to prepare for independence.
During the Marcos administration, Philippine-American Day was renamed Philippine-American Friendship Day and moved to July 4, overshadowing the observance of the date as Philippine Republic Day.