347. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Philippines1

3214. Secretary signed and forwarded White House today memorandum2 recommending President request legislation from Congress authorizing him enter into agreement with Philippines to revise 1946 Trade Agreement3 according to recommendations contained Final Act of Negotiations.4 Memorandum previously cleared by: Treasury Agriculture Commerce FOA Defense Justice Labor Interior Budget.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 411.9641/3–955. Official Use Only. Drafted and approved by Daniel M. Braddock, Deputy Chairman of the Philippine Trade Negotiations, and cleared by PSA and S/S.
  2. Not found in Department of State files, but apparently quite similar to a memorandum from Charles F. Baldwin to Robertson, January 14, not printed. (Ibid.,FE Files: Lot 56 D 679, Philippine Islands)
  3. The Philippine Trade Act of 1946, also known as the Bell Act, was approved as Public Law 371 on April 30, 1946. (60 Stat. 141)
  4. Negotiations concerning revision of the 1946 Trade Act formally opened in Washington on September 20, 1954. The chief negotiators were James M. Langley for the United States and Senator José P. Laurel, Sr. for the Philippines. On December 15, the two delegations signed a Final Act of Revision, which they agreed to recommend to their respective governments for approval. The Final Act, also referred to as the Laurel–Langley Agreement, is printed in TIAS 3348.