Letter of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, to the National Assembly relative to the signing of Bill No. 286, now Act No. 65, imposing severe penalties on persons, principally Government officials and employees, for crimes involving bribery, illegal transactions, malversation of public funds, and violation of food control laws Manila, March 3, 1944:

I am not entirely in accord with the insertion of subsection (i) in section 2 of Bill No. 286, particularly with that proviso heavily penalizing the execution of search warrants with unnecessary threats of violence. It is observed that subsection (i) did not appear in the original measure recommended by the Executive. The philosophy of the bill as a whole is to impose heavier penalties on public officers and employees for crimes involving robbery, bribery, falsification, frauds, illegal exactions and transactions, malversation of public funds and infidelity as defined in the Revised Penal Code, and violators of food control laws, as well as on private individuals committing similar offenses. It would seem inconsistent with this philosophy to also impose heavier penalties on the execution of search warrants with unnecessary threats or violence if, for example, the very object of the search warrant is precisely to prosecute crimes enumerated in the title of the bill. However, this is a minor defect which may be corrected in time. With this observation, I am approving Bill No. 286.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library