OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE
BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 39
REQUIRING RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS OR ORDERS TO SECURE PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE HOLDING OF PUBLIC RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS OR DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH PREMISES, AND PRESCRIBING RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREFOR.
Pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, and upon recommendation of the Commissioner of the Interior, it is hereby ordered that all religious organizations or orders should first secure the necessary authorization before holding any public religious procession or any other form of public religious demonstration outside the church premises, in accordance with the following rules and regulations:
1. The authorization herein required may be secured by filing an application with the Bureau of Religious Affairs, if the religious procession or demonstration is to be held in the City of Greater Manila, or with the proper city or municipal mayor, if it is to be held in another locality, at least five days prior to the holding of said procession or demonstration.
2. The application shall be accomplished in triplicate by the head, chief priest or presiding elder of the religious organization or order concerned, or the parish priest, and shall contain the following particulars:
(a) The kind of religious procession or demonstration, and the purpose for holding the same; (b) the date when such procession or demonstration will be held; (c) the time the procession or demonstration will start; (d) its probable duration; and (e) the route to be followed, specifying all the streets through which it will pass.
3. Before acting on the application, the Director of Religious Affairs shall make the necessary arrangements with the Military Administration through the proper officials. He shall furnish information thereof to the Mayor of Greater Manila who shall take such measures as he may consider necessary regarding the same.
In the case of religious processions or demonstrations to be held outside the City of Greater Manila, the Municipal Mayor, through the Provincial Governor, or the City Mayor, as the case may be, shall make the necessary arrangements with the corresponding military authorities stationed in the province, city or district.
Except as the holding of the procession or demonstration applied for may be prohibited or restricted by the military authorities, the Director of Religious Affairs or the City or Municipal Mayor concerned, in acting on the application, should be guided by the provision of section 11, Article II of Executive Order No. 4, dated February 5, 1942, regarding the right of religious organizations or orders to enjoy freedom of religion and worship and freedom to preach their doctrines and to perform their religious rites so long as they observe public order or good social manners.
4. No authorization issued for the holding of a religious procession or demonstration on a particular date and time shall be valid for the holding of a religious procession or demonstration on any other date or time.
5. It shall be the duty of the City or Municipal Mayor concerned to make a complete report to the Bureau of Religious Affairs of all applications for authorization filed with his office and all authorizations issued by him.
6. Violation of any of the provisions hereof shall render the head, chief priest or presiding elder the religious organization or order concerned the parish priest liable to punishment, which shall be imprisonment of not more than six months or fine of not more than two hundred pesos, or both in the discretion of the court.
Done in the City of Greater Manila, Philippic this 13th day of May, 1942.
(Sgd.) JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission
APPROVED by the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines on May 30, 1942.
Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library