Instruction No. 9

INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE IMPRISONMENT
OF PERSONS SENTENCED
UNDER MILITARY LAWS

March 10, 1942

To Mr. JOSE LAUREL
Commissioner of the Department of Justice
of the Philippines
Manila

In conformity with Order No. 7, which the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces gave to the Chairman of the Executive Commission of the Philippines on March 10, 1942, the Commissioner of the Department of Justice shall give proper instructions for the detention of such persons as may be delivered by the chief of the Japanese military prison, according to the following rules:

1. For the time being, the prisoners shall be detained in the New Bilibid Prison, Muntinglupa.

2. The detention shall be executed subject to the order of commitment to be given by the chief of the Japanese military prison.

3. Regular labour shall be required from said prisoners.

4. Said prisoners shall be generally kept in compounds or work in places separate from those of prisoners sentenced under Philippine laws.

5. The Executive Commission of the Philippines shall make adequate provision for the vigilance over, and the clothing and subsistence of, said prisoners.

6. Should any serious trouble arise concerning said prisoners, e. g., death, prison-breaking, etc., written reports shall be sent to the chief of the Japanese military prison through the Japanese adviser on Justice.

7. The release of said prisoners by reason of the expiration of the term of imprisonment or for any other reason shall be executed subject to the approval of the chief of the Japanese military prison, and the said approval shall be obtained, through the Japanese adviser on Justice, a week before such release.

8. The supervision, supply, treatment, reward and punishment, etc., concerning said prisoners shall be carried out subject to statutes, orders, ordinances, and customs of the Philippines, unless special instructions to the contrary are given by the Japanese Forces.

9. The Judge of the Japanese military court and the chief of the Japanese military prison may, at any time, inspect the compounds or places where said prisoners are kept or are at work.

Y. HAYASI
Director-General of the Japanese
Military Administration

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library