Ottawa, Ontario - June 12, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:

“Today, we join the Filipino community in Canada and around the world to mark the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

“Canada is home to a dynamic community of over 837,000 people of Philippine origin. The bonds between Canadians and Filipinos are the foundation of the Canada-Philippines relationship.

“Canada will continue to work with the Philippines to build closer ties between our two countries.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to reflect on the important contributions that Filipino Canadians have made to our national fabric, and wish all those celebrating a happy Independence Day.

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

Mabuhay!”