In the Philippines, the latest round of negotiations between United States officials and President Ferdinand Marcos has resulted in agreement to amend the existing treaty covering American military bases on the islands.
CU President Ferdinand Marcos of Philippines speaking English at Malacanang Palace, Manila
GV& SV's file film United States Subic Naval and Clark Air Force bases in Philippines with Marcos speech in English
MARCOS: "The United States mediators have reached agreement on amendments to the military bases' agreement, which amendment reaffirms Philippine sovereignty over the bases and also makes provision for each base to be under the command of a Philippine base Commander. It also provides for significant reduction for the area of use by the United States within the Philippines as military bases. And for the assumption by the Philippine forces of responsibility for perimeter security. I feel the United States (indistinct) military operations and co-operation, further review of the agreement every five years. These amendments, together with the United States' undertaking to provide continuing security and development assistance are now in the final stages of review. There will be a formal exchange of notes between the two governments, covering the amendment."
REPORTER: "Mr President, is it understood that the Philippines flag might fly over the bases?"
MARCOS: "Yes, that is understood, the Philippines flag alone will fly over the bases, excepting such places like the United States Facility where both flags may be flown with the Philippine flag having the point of honour."
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Background: In the Philippines, the latest round of negotiations between United States officials and President Ferdinand Marcos has resulted in agreement to amend the existing treaty covering American military bases on the islands. The issue has dominated United States-Philippine relations for many years and President Marcos has advocated greater local control of the large American military presence. He issued a statement in Manila on Sunday (31 December) following the talks with the United States delegation, and outlined the proposed changes.