Philippines

A handful of "nationalist" legislators is threatening to push the U. S. Navy out of its Subic Bay base, despite wide public support for the American military presence there. The two countries signed an agreement on Aug. 27 allowing the Navy to use the base for an additional 10 years. But so far, political insiders say, backers of the accord have been able to line up only 14 firm yes votes of the 16 needed for ratification by the 23-member Philippine Senate. If the pact is rejected, the U. S. will have to pull out of Subic and smaller military facilities within a year after Sept. 16, when current leases expire. Washington is giving up Clark Air Base, now buried under volcanic ash from erupting Mt. Pinatubo.

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