896.20/12–949: Telegram

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


2787. President Quirino last night approved Military Assistance program in form agreed upon between MAP mission and chief of staff HNDF. President expressed appreciation for this assistance and promised all cooperation his government. He said he hoped it would possible to formalize agreement by means of exchange of notes amending military assistance treaty rather than by new bilateral in order to avoid necessity of consulting the Senate.

I am departing Manila tonight ETA Washington December 14.