HIS EXCELLENCY MANUEL L. QUEZON
PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
FIRST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
RANK AND TERM OF OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY
CHIEF OF STAFF
[May 10, 1938]
Gentlemen of the National Assembly:
The organization of the Army of the Philippines has revealed a deficiency in the National Defense Act, which, in the interest of efficiency and good discipline in the Army, should be supplied. I refer to the absence of provisions governing the rank of the Chief of Staff and his term of office. I believe that the officer detailed as Chief of Staff should be conferred a grade which shall not be conferred upon any other active officer of the organization. While under the provisions of paragraph (d) of section 22 of the National Defense Act, the President of the Philippines is authorized to distribute the officers of the Army of the Philippines among grades as may be determined by him, and, therefore, the foregoing purposes might be accomplished by Executive Order, yet I hesitate to act thereon except upon express legislative authority, as the matter relates to an important Army policy and will affect the present grade of certain officers of the Army.
I have the honor, therefore, to recommend the enactment of necessary legislation to carry into effect the foregoing objectives.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, section 12, paragraph (2), of the Constitution, I hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate enactment of the legislation covering the matter above referred to.
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