Order No. 3
ORDER CONCERNING BASIC PRINCIPLES IN
EXERCISING LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE

AND JUDICIAL POWERS

February 20, 1942

Mr. JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission
of the Philippines
Manila

In exercising the legislative, executive and judicial powers in the Philippines, the following rules shall be observed:

(1) Activities of the administrative organs and judicial courts in the Philippines shall be based upon the existing statutes, orders, ordinances and customs until further orders, provided that they are not inconsistent with the present circumstances under the Japanese Military Administration.

(2) The Executive Commission of the Philippines may enact new statutes and ordinances subject to the approval of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE
IMPERIAL JAPANESE FORCES IN THE
PHILIPPINES

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library