President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Philippines on the eve of the 117th Anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Philippines.
“On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to you and to the people of the Philippines hearty congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of the 117th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Independence of the Philippines,” President Mukherjee said in his message to Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
“India is delighted that the Philippines is a key partner in our ‘Act East’ Policy. Our close cooperation in economic, defence-security and cultural platforms reflects our mutual trust and understanding. I look forward to working closely with you and am confident that our bilateral partnership will be further strengthened in the years ahead. I convey my best wishes for your good health and well-being, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Philippines” he added.
The Philippine Declaration of Independence is celebrated on June 12 every year.