Today, on March 13, 1947 (Philippines):
A unanimous vote signed the deal for American Forces to have a continuing military presence in the Philippines on this day in 1947. Eighteen Senators voted in favor, while none voted against; however, three Senators has abstained from attending while the last three were barred from the senate floor on the day of voting. Later it was discovered that the Roxas administration had fabricated this charge to ensure those three senators will not allowed to vote.
With this vote, President Manual A. Roxas and Paul V. McNutt (U.S. High Commissioner in the Philippines) agreed to a list of many bases through the Philippines that the United States could utilize for the defense of both the Philippine and United States’ interests.
Originally this agreement was set to a 99-year term; however was modified to 25 years in 1966…and would finally expire in 1991 after the Philippine Senate rejected the re-negotiated treaty with the United States… effectively ending a strong military presence in the country.
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