President Corazon C. Aquino had vowed to find a way to keep the United States in place and even proposed a referendum on the issue after the Senate rejected the basic treaty. But Ms. Aquino, who hinted that she had no plans to be re-elected next year, finally withdrew in the face of stubborn political opposition. Subic, 50 miles west of Manila, is the last of six U.S. bases that until recently housed 40,000 troops, both relatives and civilians. Four others have been returned to the Philippine government this year. Clark Air Base, the other major U.S. facility in the Philippines, was abandoned in June and eventually closed after being buried in volcanic ash by the eruption of nearby Mount Pinatubo.
Threat and interest The presence of the bases kept Filipinos (especially those from the former base countries) in captivity within the ideological framework that Filipinos needed the basics not only for security, but also as an economic resource. This way of thinking deeply touched Filipinos, who continued to believe in the idea of benevolent Americans, whom they in turn considered “brown Americans.” Women dreamed of marrying Americans to live in a foreign country, they consider it the only “salvation” to get out of poverty In April 2014, a 10-year pact (EDCA – Enhanced Defence Co-co-operation Agreement)  was signed between U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, which allowed the United States to increase its military presence in the Philippines.     Relations between the Philippines and the United States (Philippine/Tagalog: Ugnayang Pilipinas-Estados Unidos) are bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States. Relations between the United States and the Philippines have been historically strong and have been described as special relationships.  The current Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, however, supports a foreign policy that is less dependent on the United States and prefers a closer policy with China and Russia although the Philippines and the United States signed a 1951 mutual defence agreement and are actively working to implement a strengthened defence cooperation agreement concluded in 2014. The Philippines is one of the oldest Asian partners of the United States and a non-NATO strategic ally. The United States has always been ranked as one of the most popular Philippine nations in the world, with 90% of Filipinos seeing the United States and 91% seeing Americans positive in 2002, 90% of Filipinos see the United States. 2011 85% of Filipinos who see the United States and Americans as positive, 2013, and 92% of Filipinos who see the United States as positive in 2015 and 94% trust former U.S.
President Barack Obama and the Philippines the pro-American country of the world.  U.S. officials seemed a little relieved that the long and often furious negotiations with the Philippines had ended and that the United States was able to quickly withdraw from its former military empire. Negotiators expressed anger at what they see as Ms. Aquino`s confused signals and, ultimately, ineffective leadership on this issue. Money was not a dead-end problem. In recent years, Washington has promised a certain amount of economic, military and housing assistance, instead of paying annual rent for U.S. bases. In the fiscal year ended September, the Philippines received $408 million related to bases, and the Subic Bay base injected more than $344 million annually into the country`s economy. The Philippine government has been banned from mutual protection and cooperation between the two countries, including the use of U.S. and Philippine military facilities, every base at any other nation without U.S.
agreement the U.S. was allowed to recruit Filipino citizens, on a voluntary basis, for service in U.S. base commanders of U.S. military had the right to tax, distribution of distribution companies, licensing, search without an arrest warrant, and deport the unwanted MBA supplement was the signing of the 1947 Military Support Treaty