UAE leaders congratulate Philippines on Independence Day

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Sunday, June 12th, 2022 3:17pm

By ARN News Staff

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President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also sent a similar message to the Philippines leader.

The Philippines, consisting of more than 7,000 separate islands in the western Pacific, declared independence from Spanish rule over 120 years ago.  

General Emilio Aguinaldo was responsible for making the claim but it wasn’t until 1962 that then-President Diosdado Macapagal made it a public holiday through a presidential proclamation. 

The Filipino flag was unfurled for the first time on June 12, 1898 at an event which also featured the first public playing of the Philippines national anthem.