This year, June 12 marks the 112th anniversary of Philippine independence. Secretary Clinton congratulates the people of the Philippines on this momentous occasion and the successful election of Philippine President-elect Benigno Aquino III.
In a video message, Secretary Clinton said, "Filipinos and Americans are connected by ties of friendship, family, and culture, and by the contributions of some four million Americans of Filipino ancestry living in the United States and 150,000 Americans living in the Philippines... Our nations have enjoyed a long history of cooperation and collaboration. We fought side by side in defense of freedom during World War II. And this partnership continues today, whether we are working together to promote peace and development, combat extremism, or help victims of natural disasters."
Read Secretary Clinton's full remarks here.