To be sure, this decision is not without its cost. There will be temporarydislocations and hardships all around, especially in Central Luzon - but weshould learn the lesson we should have learned long ago: namely, no nationcan become truly free without sacrifice. The trouble is that sometimes we wantfreedom and independence without sweat and without tears. But there is noother way.
Salamat na lamang at hindi tayo nagdaan sa isyung ito sa isang malupit at madugong digmaan.Ang sabi ng ating mga kaibigan - kayo po naman ay hindi nakadanas ng paghihirap. Maawa naman kayo sa amin na mawawalan ng trabaho.
Unemployment is a big problem, indeed and we sympathize. It is because ofour sensitivity to this problem that one of us, Senator Saguisag, on his owninitiative, proposed a three-year phased withdrawal from Subic, so this problemas well as other problems in Central Luzon can be attended to during thatperiod of adjustment which will allow for a smooth transition. But as the nationknows, some of our distinguished colleagues and the Palace shot down thispro-poor proposal, for political reasons. Entirely apart from the Saguisagproposal, what will operate beginning tomorrow (September 17) is Article VII,Section 3 of the Manglapus-Schultz Agreement: .
"Upon the final termination of the use by the Government of the UnitedStates of the Facilities or earlier relinquishment, the United States and theRepublic of the Philippines will take appropriate measures as they shall jointly determine to ensure a smooth transition with respect to custody andcontrol of the Facilities and in order to minimize any disruptive effects of such termination."
Thus, the way is now open to the smooth transfer of Subic from theAmerican military to Filipino hands, so that with the cooperation and goodwill ofthe US, Filipinos can, as soon as possible, service and repair foreign vessels,including American vessels, on a commercial basis.Let me now be a little personal by way of answer to the argument that wehave not experienced suffering.I recall that as a young man of twenty-one, I joined the undergroundresistance in 1942, was eventually captured, then repeatedly tortured in Pasig inthe presence of my father, transferred to Fort Santiago and to three other jails,then sentenced by a Japanese military tribunal to fifteen years of hard labor inMuntinglupa.
Kaya't hindi lamang ako ang hamak na Pangulo ng Senado, ako po'y
I was later released during the Foundation Day of Japan -
The Senate That Said No
, UP Press and The UP College of Public Administration, 1995.