OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

PROCLAMATION NO. 5

CALLING UPON THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF MANILA TO PROPERLY OBSERVE JANUARY 2, 1943, THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCCUPATION OF MANILA BY THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE FORCES.

Whereas, January 2, 1942, marks the occupation of the City of Manila by the Japanese Armed Forces;

Whereas, on that date, residents of the city first learned of the benevolent policy of the Army of Occupation from the proclamation which the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces issued urging that the people wait for the arrival of the Japanese troops with confidence and ease; that no one, regardless of nationality should flee; and that all should continue in their daily business; and

Whereas, the day is one of thanksgiving, specially for the residents of the City of Manila, because on that day they were enabled to resume a life of peace

and security and were afforded the opportunity to do their part in the great task of making the Philippines a worthy member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere under the guidance of the Japanese Military Administration;

Now, therefore, pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, I hereby call upon the residents of the City of Manila to properly observe January 2, 1943, the first anniversary of the occupation of Manila by the Imperial Japanese Forces, by displaying the flag of’ the Rising Sun and by pondering on the significance of the day.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 28th day of December, 1942.

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

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library