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It is reported that Secretary Taft contemplates a return to the Philippines in the near future. The trip to be taken will be of great importance to the Filipinos, as it will mark the first step toward self-government for the islands. The Philippine law provides that two years after the completion and publication of the census of the Philippines, in case a general and complete peace, with recognition of the authority of the United States, shall have continued in the territory outside of the Moro country, the President may direct a general election in the Philippines for the choice of delegates to a popular assembly of the people of the islands, which shall be known as the Philippine Assembly.

The Government of the Philippines will then be placed in charge of two houses, the Philippine Assembly, elected by the people, and the Philippine Commission, appointed by the President. The Legislature so constituted shall also choose two resident commissioners to the United States to look after Philippine interests. Before this election can take place, however, the President must be satisfied that a proper condition of peace has prevailed.

Legislation in Kentucky
April 2, 1904

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