OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

PROCLAMATION NO. 1

CALLING UPON ALL FILIPINO CITIZENS WHO WERE CONNECTED WITH THE USAFFE BUT WHO ARE STILL IN HIDING OR WHO HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PRISONERS OF WAR TO REGISTER WITH THE PROPER AUTHORITIES SO AS TO ENJOY THE SAME STATUS AS THAT OF REGULARLY RELEASED PRISONERS OF WAR.

Whereas, with the restoration of peace and order, normal conditions now prevail throughout the country and we are now in the process of reconstructing a new Philippines under the wise guidance and leadership of the Imperial Japanese Forces;

Whereas, the Imperial Japanese Forces have not considered the Filipinos as their enemies as evidenced by the fact that a large number of Filipino prisoners of war have already been released, allowing them to return to their homes to join their families and to resume their normal lives;

Whereas, the policy of the Imperial Japanese Forces towards persons who were formerly connected with the USAFFE but who have deserted or separated therefrom or otherwise have not been taken as prisoners of war and subsequently released has not yet been clarified, and hence the status of these persons has been uncertain; and

Whereas, the Imperial Japanese Forces have shown once more their spirit of magnanimity and kindness to the Filipino people by authorizing the Chairman of the Executive Commission to grant to such Filipino citizens who were connected with the USAFFE but who are still in hiding or have not been made prisoners of war the same status as that of the regularly released prisoners of war, thereby giving them the opportunity to resume their normal occupations and permitting them to contribute to the speedy rehabilitation of the country.

NOW, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces, and Order No. 15 of the Director General of the Japanese Military Administration, I hereby proclaim to all Filipino citizens who have in any way been connected with the USAFFE but who have deserted or separated therefrom or who have not been made prisoners of war or who are still in hiding that similar status as that of the regularly released prisoners of war will be granted to them upon their registration with the proper authorities in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

1. Applications for registration in accordance with the prescribed forms shall be filed as soon as possible in the Office of the Chairman of the Executive Commission by those residing in the City of Manila, and with their respective provincial governors or city mayors, by those residing in localities outside the City of Manila.

2. The application for registration shall be companied by a prescribed form of statement tot signed by a reputable person in the community offering to be the guarantor and custodian of the registrant and to hold himself responsible for the good conduct and care of said registrant

3. All the registrants in the City of Manila shall be required to appear personally at the Office of the Chairman of the Executive Commission to take the prescribed oath in the presence of a representative of the Imperial Japanese Forces, and those residing in localities outside the City of Manila shall take the required oath also in the presence of a representative of the Imperial Japanese Forces on a date to be fixed by the Chairman of the Executive Commission and the corresponding provincial governor or city mayor.

4. The provincial governors and the city mayors shall submit a list of the registrants in their respective provinces and cities, together with the original applications for registration duly accomplished as provided in paragraph 1 hereof, to the Chairman of the Executive Commission immediately upon completion of the procedure prescribed in the preceding paragraphs.

5. The members of the Executive Commission shall assist in the registration required by this Proclamation and are hereby authorized to accept applications for registration from any person residing anywhere in the Philippines. Applications so received by any Commissioner shall be filed with the corresponding provincial governor or city mayor. Any Commissioner desiring to do so may supervise or attend the administration of the oath to any group of registrants in any city or province in the Philippines.

In our gigantic task of reconstruction and rehabilitation we need the support and cooperation of every Filipino regardless of his previous standing, conviction or affiliation. The time has come for us all to unite and work as one man in the building up of a nation that will be worthy of membership in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere where we logically and naturally belong and upon the success of which under the leadership and guidance of the mighty Japanese Empire depends the welfare and happiness of all the Oriental peoples. In no other way can we attain the honor of independence so generously announced to us by the illustrious Premier of the great Japanese Empire. I, therefore, earnestly urge all Filipino citizens who have heretofore been in any way engaged in armed activities or operations to take full advantage of this splendid opportunity afforded to them through the magnanimity and benevolence of the Imperial Japan Forces by complying immediately with this proclamation so that they may be able to return peacefully to their homes and families and engage in their respective businesses and occupations without fear and with contentment knowing full well that their status is guaranteed, and thereby contribute to the establishment of lasting peace and order in our beloved country.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 11th day of September, 1942.

(Sgd.) JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission

APPROVED by the Director General of the Military Administration on September 12, 1942.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library