The Ambassador in the Philippines (Cowen) to the Secretary of State

No. 502

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the telegram of the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. No. 1281 of May 16, 1948 [1949],1 reporting the completion of the exchange of notes with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines2 accomplishing the relinquishment [Page 595] of the use of, and the transfer of such right and title as the United States may have had in certain military reservations in the Philippines, and the temporary retention of certain other military reservations in the Philippines by the United States Armed Forces in accordance with Article XXI, paragraph 1, of the United States–Philippine Agreement concerning Military Bases.3

There are transmitted herewith4 for the attention of Treaty Affairs, Office of the Legal Advisor, certified copies of the Chargé d’Affaires’ notes No. 310 (B), March 26, 1949; No. 509 [0509], May 14, 1949; and No. 0510, May 14, 1949 to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs; and there are also enclosed the signed originals of the latter’s notes in reply, and unnumbered, undated note received at the Embassy at 10:35 p. m., March 26, 1949; note No. 12388, May 16, 1949; and note No. 12389, May 16, 1949. In addition there is also enclosed the original of initialed Memorandum from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs No. 12428 dated May 16, 1949, to be considered in connection with the above-mentioned note from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs No. 12388.

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Thomas H. Lockett

Counselor of Embassy
  1. Not printed; Thomas H. Lockett was Chargé.
  2. Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines.
  3. For exchange of notes on May 14 and 16, see 63 Stat, (pt. 3) 2660, 2666, 2670, 2672. For agreement respecting hospitals and medical care for Philippine veterans, signed at Manila, June 7, see ibid., 2593.
  4. Enclosures not printed.