Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

June 14, 1942

At the Shoreham in Washington.

Quezon came in greatly exhilarated, having just signed the United Nations pact together with the Mexican Ambassador –with whom he left the White House, arm-in-arm, saying to the press: “This is not put on –this is the way our two countries really feel towards one another.”

Quezon remarked to me: “I believe absolutely in the sincerity of President Roosevelt,” and added: “This signing of the United Nations pact is a recognition of us as a separate nation.” He broadcast at 10:15 p.m., and told me: “This will known all over the Philippines if there is one short-wave receiver left to them.”

The next day he was still in high spirits, and was pleased with the pictures taken of him with President Roosevelt.

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