Ano Military Assistance Agreement
Sir: Reference is made to Public Law No. 454, known as the Republic of the Philippines Military Assistance Act, and the Military Assistance Agreement signed on March 21, 1947 between the Philippines and the United States.31 n specific request for Philippine assistance and advice on the government`s long-term military plans in the Philippines. As you know, the Philippine Ambassador to the United States, in a communication addressed to the Secretary of State on May 13, 14, 1947, on behalf of his Government, a request for military aid of $9,440,667.98 was formally filed on behalf of his Government, covering the livelihoods, clothing and fuel required by the Philippine Army for fiscal year 1948. A copy of the Philippine Ambassador`s note is attached.32 Following receipt of 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 support to the Philippines was discussed in depth. The Study and Deliberations of the Subcommittee have paid full attention to the views and information made available to the Philippines by the Head of the United States Military Advisory Group. During the study of the situation, the subcommittee understood that it would be extremely difficult to comply with the request for assistance contained in the ambassador`s note of May 13, 1947. The Subcommittee is of the view that the report and recommendations of the Philippine-America Joint Financial Commission did not provide sufficient justification for extending the type of assistance requested by the Philippines in the Ambassador`s submission. With the postponement of the U.S. Congress at the end of July, the possibility of referring the matter to the relevant congressional committees was adopted, at least until a new meeting of Congress in January. Even if Congress had succeeded, there was no consensus that, under the current circumstances, the Philippine request could rightly be brought to the attention of Congress. The agreement was general [page 1118] that, as careful as the Philippine demand was, it should be reduced, if at all, to the scale of fifty to seventy percent of the initial Philippine demand. ==The time of the bases allowed to improve and expand the relations between the United States and the Philippines, emphasizing economic and trade relations while preserving the importance of the security dimension.
U.S. investment continues to play an important role in the Philippine economy, while a strong security relationship rests on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty. In February 1998, U.S. and Philippine negotiators concluded the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), paving the way for enhanced military cooperation under the MDT. The agreement was approved by the Philippine Senate in May 1999 and entered into force on 1 June 1999. As part of the VFA, the United States conducted sea visits to Philippine ports and resumed major military exercises combined with Philippine forces. Among the most important events in bilateral relations is President Ramos` statement of July 4, 1996, on Philippine-American Friendship Day commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Philippine independence. Ramos traveled to the United States. in April 1998 and then President Estrada in July 2000.
President Arroyo met with President Bush in November 2001 on an official working visit and paid a state visit to Washington on May 19, 2003. On October 18, 2003, President Bush paid a state visit to the Philippines, during which he was addressing a joint meeting of the Philippine Congress, the first U.S. president since Dwight D. .