Sixteen separate lists are listed in Schedule A; but among these, there is a disappearance of communication equipment; Three consist of minute zones for the installation of navigation aids; A small coast guard; A radio station one, an anchor of the navy; A military cemetery and one, a holiday and leisure centre for military personnel. There are only seven lists of actual operational military bases, in the accepted sense of the word. Three of them, in Pampanga, are coherent and provide a real base for the army and air force. This area, close to San Fernando and Angeles, will likely include all army field troops in the Philippines, offering almost total concentration in a limited area. Army headquarters will be located at Fort Stotsenburg and all U.S. Military activities will be in the area, including an air facility, a protective ground combat force and a supply depot. There were recordings that I was not aware of, a statement of principle signed on May 14, 1945 by President Osmea and President Truman, which mentioned about 19 provinces where military installations were being considered as a site. Most of them were areas where U.S. military and naval facilities were not before the war. The Navy will retain its base at Subic Bay, including the adjacent Olongapo Marine Reserve, a marine air station at Sangley Point, Cavite, an anchor near Tawi-Tawi at Jolo and the fleet and air base at the mouth of Von Leyte-Samar, near Guiuan, Samar. In this regard, it can be recalled that in the Independence Act of 1933, also known as the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Bill, passed by the U.S. Congress, the provisions relating to military bases that the United States wished to retain after independence were among those that protested the Philippine legislature to reject this legislation.
This agreement provides far more points of support than had been envisaged in 1933. This change in attitude is of course due to the last war. After signing this agreement on March 14, 1947 .m at 8:30 p.m., the President said that we had guaranteed our national defense through this agreement. We have formalized our military relations with the United States for 99 years. We have defined the community of interest that will bind our two peoples for almost a century. I think that is a great advantage for the Philippines. The United States does not enjoy a single privilege that does not serve the common interest of our two countries. The agreement as a whole is intended to ensure mutual protection and to promote our interest, along with that of the United States, in peacekeeping in this part of the world. We are now assured that no aggressor will take themselves lightly to invade us. All other areas currently occupied by the army and navy are not considered bases, but temporary facilities that must be evacuated within two years.