For four years, U.S. and Filipino diplomats have been jousting over the vexed question of U.S. military bases in the Philippines. Last week, on the eve of his recall to Washington (to become an adviser to Secretary of State Herter), U.S.
Ambassador Charles E. ("Chip") Bohlen capped his two-year tour of duty in Manila by concluding a base agreement that satisfied both Filipino pride and U.S. security requirements.
Under a 1947 agreement, long denounced as unfair by Filipinos, the U.S. had acquired gg-year leases on 23 Philippine bases, and the U.S. Navy was running the town of Olongapo (pop. 60,000) almost...