Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of the graduation ceremony of the Officers’ Class of the Constabulary Academy Building No. 1, Manila, November 27, 1943:

I have been informed that the officers’ class graduating today is the largest ever to graduate and the first under the Republic. This is a clear indication of the growing enthusiasm for service to the country. As members of the first graduating class of officers under the Republic, you should have every reason to be proud of yourselves, and I heartily congratulate you all on your graduation.

With the attainment of independence and the establishment of the Republic, we have assumed new duties and responsibilities as a people, particularly the maintenance of peace and order, without which it would be difficult, if not impossible, to insure the security and promote the welfare of our people.

Our first and paramount duty, therefore, is to maintain peace and order. By nature our people are a law-abiding and peace-loving people, but there are still, in some parts of the Philippines, misguided elements who continue to obstruct our efforts; whose lawless acts, have, time and again, embarrassed our government and upset our constructive program, Where such elements abound, the peaceful in habitants are constantly terrorized and are unable to pursue their legitimate occupations, This lamentable condition must, in one way or another, be brought to an end.

For the accomplishment of this objective, we must depend largely on the Constabulary force. Yours is a task that is at once arduous and perilous, but it is a task that must be accomplished if the innocent is to be protected and the Republic to survive and prosper.

I am familiar with the nature of the training that is given in the Constabulary Academy and I know that nothing has been spared to make you ideal citizens and ideal officers. Physically and spiritually, you are fully prepared to enforce the law. I want you to bear in mind, however, that in the maintenance of peace and order, it is just as important to obey the law as it is to enforce it. Your plain duty in this respect is to see that every man under you is strictly a law-abiding citizen himself. Unless you follow this tenet, success will either be remote or impossible.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library