giving it 99-year leases to 23 military sites and use them as it saw fit. And as these were not enough for the U.S., a week after that signing, the U.S. got the Philippine government signa military assistance agreement
. And up to this day, the
still exists. Although now dated, the well-researched article by
Prof. Stephen R. Shalom
takes us to
revisit our past so wecan understand how present-day problems had their origins.
Also, note then
Commonwealth President Quezon, Osmena and Roxas
and other supposed native Filipinoleaders
used nationalist rhetoric in public but deep in their hearts and minds have only their selves- andtheir class-interests.
And we native Filipinos, thanks to our ignorance of these hidden, historical facts, reverethese our so-called "leaders.".To put it mildly, they exemplify the boot-lickers' disgusting hypocrisy and mendicancy. With them as
poster boysof traitorous and corrupt rulers
, our generations of subsequent rulers got their "models" to follow and leadgenerations of us native Filipinos on the road to our national and seemingly, perpetual perdition.- Bert, 11/28/2012**********************************************
Why & How the U.S.- Philippine Military BasesAgreement of 1947 Got Approved
by Stephen R. Shalom
Negotiations are currently underway on a new military bases agreement between the United States and thePhilippines. The present agreement, which expires in 1991, was originally signed in 1947, and although the worldis very different today from what it was just after World War II,
a look back at how the United States securedbase rights
some four decades ago provides many insights into the current U.S. effort to obtain a newagreement.
The issue of military bases was a crucial one in the Philippines even before World War II.
In 1933 the U.S. Congress responding to Depression-era protectionist sentiment, hostility to Filipino immigration,and isolationism-passed the
Hare Hawes-Cutting (HHC) Act