Today in Philippine History, December 6, 1956, the US delivered to the Philippines all title and title claims to land held by the US bases

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On December 6, 1956, at ceremonies in Malacañang, the United States government delivered to the Philippine government all title papers and title claims to land in the United States base areas held by the United States, the total comprising an area of 199,570 hectares, in accordance with the United States commitment in the joint statement issued by President Ramon Magsaysay and Vice President Richard Nixon on July 3, 1956.

President Ramon Magsaysay   
(President Ramon Magsaysay)   

Minister Horace H. Smith, Charge d'Affairs, and US special representative Karl R. Bendetsen represented the American government and Vice President and Foreign Secretary Carlos Garcia received the papers on behalf of the Philippine government.

According to the exchange of notes of December 5 and 6, certain diplomatic and consular properties were not included in the turnover and it was agreed that the Philippines confirmed the rights granted the United States in the Military Bases Agreement of March 14, 1947. The bases agreement was not impaired or affected by the relinquishment and transfer.

Reference:
Journal of American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Volume XXXIII, Number 1, January 1957


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