Independence Contest in the Philippines

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Impending Action on American Proffer of Independence

Nacionalista Split on Acoptance of Independence Act

The Philippine Independence Act, adopted by Congress on January 17, 1933, over President Hoover's veto, must be accepted by the Filipino people before it goes into effect. The Philippine Legislature, or a special convention, is empowered to pass upon the question. Action must be taken during the current session of the Legislature1 or soon thereafter, since under the act, if it is to become effective, a Philippine constitutional convention must be assembled before January 17, 1934.

The impending decision upon the independence act2 has precipitated a fiery controversy between two groups of the country's political leaders. One faction, opposing unconditional acceptance of the act, has formed around the leadership of Manuel L. Quezon, ...

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