OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 96

AMENDING PARAGRAPH NO. 3 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 39 SO AS TO GIVE THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OR THE CITY OR MUNICIPAL MAYORS AUTHORITY TO ACT DIRECTLY ON APPLICATIONS TO HOLD PUBLIC RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS OR DEMONSTRATIONS.

Pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 in connection with Order No. 3 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, and upon the recommendation of the Executive Commission, paragraph No. 3 of Executive Order No. 39, dated May 13, 1942, is hereby amended to read as follows:

“3. 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 and good social manners: Provided, however, That the holding of any religious procession or demonstration may be restricted, suspended or prohibited by the Military authorities.

“The Director of Religious Affairs, or the city or municipal mayors shall get in touch with the Branch Office of the Military Administration before issuing the permit.

“The Director of Religious Affairs, in granting an application, shall furnish information thereof to the Mayor of the City of Manila who shall take such measures as he may consider necessary regarding the same.”

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 10th day of October, 1942.

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

Approved by the Director General of Japanese
Military Administration on October 3, 1942.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library