The Tydings–McDuffie Act (officially the Philippine Independence Act, Pub.L. 73–127, 48 Stat. 456, enacted March 24, 1934) was a United States federal law which provided for self-government of the Philippines and for Filipino independence from the United States after a period of ten years. It was authored by Maryland Senator Millard E. Tydings and Alabama Representative John McDuffie, and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, all Democrats.
The Tydings–McDuffie Act authorized and specified a procedural framework for, within two years of its enactment, the drafting of a Constitution for the government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. The act specified a number of mandatory constitutional provisions, and required approval of the constitution by the U.S. President and by the Filipino people. The act mandated U.S. recognition of independence of the Philippine Islands as a separate and self-governing nation after a ten-year transition period.
Prior to independence, the act allowed the U.S to maintain military forces in the Philippines and to call all military forces of the Philippine government into U.S. military service. The act empowered the U.S. President, within two years following independence, to negotiate matters relating to U.S. naval reservations and fueling stations of in the Philippine Islands.
In 1943, Tydings introduced a similar bill for independence of Puerto Rico, a territory of the US. While its political parties supported the bill, Luis Muñoz Marín, leader of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) did not, and he was influential in persuading Congress not to pass the bill.
See also 
- History of the Philippines
- Philippine Declaration of Independence
- Philippine Organic Act (1902)
- Jones Law (Philippines) Philippines Organic Act (1916)
- Treaty of Paris (1898)
- Filipino Repatriation Act of 1935
- Treaty of Manila (1946)
- Commonwealth of the Philippines
- Hare–Hawes–Cutting Act
- Zaide, Sonia M. (1994). The Philippines: A Unique Nation. All-Nations Publishing Co. pp. 314–315. ISBN 971-642-071-4.
- The Philippine Independence Act (Tydings-McDuffie Act) (approved March 24, 1934), Chan Robles Law Library.
- Jeffrey D. Schultz (2000). Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics: African Americans and Asian Americans. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-57356-148-8.
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