His Excellency Elpidio Quirino
President of the Philippines
After the Demise of Manuel A. Roxas
[Delivered at Council of State Room, Executive Office Building, Malacañan Palace on April 17, 1948]
In memory of our great and illustrious friend who is now lying in state, let us pledge ourselves to establish better and closer understanding among us, and I beseech you to manifest more tolerance, goodwill, and love, which we need in this supreme moment of our history.