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60 STAT.] 79TH OONG., 2D SESS.-CH. 536 -JULY 3, 1946 adjudication of such claims, costs, and expenses of administration: Provided further, That the courts of first instance of the Republic of the Philippines are hereby given jurisdiction to make and enter all such rules as to notice or otherwise, and all such orders and decrees, and to issue such process as may be necessary and proper in the premises to enforce any orders, rules, and regulations issued by the President of the United States, the Alien Property Custodian, or such officer or agency designated by the President of the United States pursuant to the Trading With the Enemy Act, as amended, with such right of appeal therefrom as may be provided by law: And provided further, That any suit authorized under the Trading With the Enemy Act, as amended, with respect to property vested in or transferred to the President of the United States, the Alien Property Custodian, or any officer or agency designated by the Presi- dent of the United States hereunder, which at the time of such vest- ing or transfer was located within the Philippines, shall after July 4, 1946, be brought, in the appropriate court of first instance of the Republic of the Philippines, against the officer or agency hereunder designated by the President of the United States with such right of appeal therefrom as may be provided by law. In any litigation authorized under this section, the officer or administrative head of the agency designated hereunder may appear personally, or through attorneys appointed by him, without regard to the requirements of law other than this section. SEC. 4. In respect to property not transferable to the Republic of the Philippines under section 3 of this Act, the President of the United States is authorized, in his discretion and under such terms and con- ditions as he may deem appropriate, to transfer to the Republic of the Philippines any or all of the right, title, and interest of the Govern- ment of the United States or its agencies or instrumentalities to any or all real and personal property vested in such agencies or instru- mentalities. SEC. 5. Immediately upon passage of this Act the Alien Property Custodian of the United States shall enter into an agreement with the President of the Philippines to transfer to the Philippine Government for a nominal cash consideration all shares now vested or hereafter vested by the Alien Property Custodian of corporations owning in fee, leasing, or otherwise operating or controlling agricultural lands in the Philippines, other agricultural lands in the Philippines, vested or hereafter vested by the Alien Property Custodian not included in the foregoing, and improved property in Manila vested or hereafter vested by the Alien Property Custodian which in his judgment is urgently needed for the operation of an administrative agency of the Philippine Government: Provided, That in respect to property transferred under this section to the Philippine Government, it shall be made a part of the agreement that the Philippine Government shall fully indem- nify the United States for all claims payable under the Trading With the Enemy Act, as amended, and for all such costs and expenses of administration as may by law be charged against such property or proceeds thereof. SEC. 6 . Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed as amend- ing the provisions of the Act of March 24, 1934 (48 Stat. 456), as amended, respecting naval reservations and fueling stations, and diplomatic or consular property, and the property of the High Com- missioner to the Philippine Islands, nor as amending the provisions of the joint resolution of June 29, 1944 (Public Law 380, Seventy- eighth Congress), respecting bases for the mutual protection of the Philippine Islands and the United States. 419 Jurisdiction of courts of first instance. Authorized suits against U. S . Transfer of title,etc. Agreement to trans- fer agricultural lands, etc. Indemnification. Naval reservations, etc. 48U.S.0.§ 1231- 1248; Supp. V, § 1232 et seq. Ante, p. 158. 58 Stat. 625 . 48 U. 8. C., Supp. V, i§ 1235a, 1240 note.