Following the Spanish American war, America gained control of Guam, the Philippines and Cuba and while they had made it perfectly clear they had no intention of keeping Cuba, the Philippines were another question.
After a lot of talk on the subject and a public vote, it was decided to keep the islands but soon war broke out. Eventually it was agreed that the islands would eventually become independent and in 1946 it became independent from the United States of America.
But is this inevitable? What is the smallest change I can make to history to allow for the Philippines to remain a territory of America and eventually a state?