The U.S.A. State Department has announced that the Vatican has officially denied the Japanese allegation that the Holy Sec has recognised the so-called republic of the Philippines. An enemy broadcast on January 8 claimed that the Vatican had recognised this Japanese puppet government.
In a Japanese publicised telegram, reported some weeks ago in this paper. the Vatican acknowledged the receipt of compliments from the puppet government without any commitment as to the character of the regime.
The Osvertatore Romano, commenting on the denial. stated that the Holy See is not accustomed to recognise States and forms of Government originating during or as a result of the war, before the peace treaties have been definitely ratified.