The Philippines: Debt of Honor

The Fourth of July has been celebrated as Independence Day in the Philippines since the U.S. in 1946 chose that date to give the islands their freedom. But last week the Philippines changed its independence day to June 12 (the day the islands declared their independence from Spain in 1898). The change came at a time when the Philippines were so piqued by the U.S. that Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal canceled his scheduled June good-will visit to the U.S.

Reason for the Filipinos' anger at the U.S. was the unexpected defeat in the House of Representatives of the Philippines war...

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