From a reader: The reason that the US withdrew from the Philippines in the early 90's - we were forced out by the local administration. When the volcano erupted the Philippine government gave us a one year extension (realistically to rebuild the base so we could turn it over to them) which we declined. Any theft that has taken place on the base is no different than when the base was active. Anything that wasn't actually moving on the base was typically stolen within minutes. Anyone remember the 1980's photos of the new fire engine with "Clark Air Base" crudely painted out on the door that was found in the local fire station less than two weeks after it was delivered from the States?