The United States will upgrade and expand its facilities at Philippine military bases this year, the Philippine Defense Minister has announced. He said President Duterte had promised to abide by all existing agreements with the United States, a longtime ally of the Philippines. Ang U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay sa Olongapo, Zambales ang nagging pangunahing pasilidad para sa pag-aayos ng mga barko, pagpupuno ng suplay, at pahingahan ng hukbong pandagat ng Estados Unidos. Ito rin ang pinaka-malaking in-sea military installation ng puwersang Americano matapos magsara ang Clark Air Base noong 1991. Nang ipasara noong 1992, ginawa itong Subic Bay Freeport ng Pamahalaang Filipino. As you know, in a communication to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on May 13, 1947, the Philippine Ambassador to the United States formally filed a request on behalf of his government for US$9,440,667,98 in military assistance for the livelihood, clothing and fuel required by the Philippine Army for fiscal year 1948. A copy of the Philippine Ambassador`s note is attached.32 After receiving the Ambassador`s note, a SWNCC subcommittee was established to review the policy to be followed and the response to the Ambassador`s note. This subcommittee held several meetings at which the whole issue of military assistance to the Philippines was thoroughly examined. The subcommittee`s study and its deliberations paid full attention to the views and information that the head of the U.S. Military Advisory Group made available to the Philippines. Binigyang-diin ni Lorenzana na kabilang sa mga pangunahing probisyon na dapat repasuhin ay ang Article IV na nagsasaad ng “Each party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific region against one of the contracting parties would be dangerous, in accordance with its constitutional processes.” As part of a defense pact, the United States has troops on five Philippine military bases. “The U.S.
government, according to the goodwill of the Filipino people, has immense value in the development of our Far East foreign policy. One of the government`s priority objectives is to maintain and strengthen the goodwill that now exists between the two countries. While the war was ongoing and the United States desperately needed the support of the Filipino people, the Philippines pledged all its resources to restore the independence of the Philippines, promised for July 4, 1946, effective and judicious. President Roosevelt said three weeks after Pearl Harbor: “I make my solemn promise to the Filipino people that their freedom will be released, that their independence will be established and protected.” The president also recommended that Congress retain some military bases after U.S. independence from the Philippines. Subsequently, it was also recommended to develop a military assistance program in the Philippines. Congress responded to the president`s demands by passing Laws 380 and 454, which provide for military bases and military assistance. After congressional approval, agreements for military bases and military support were signed between the two governments on March 14 and March 21, 1947 in Manila.