BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 1
DESIGNATING THE OFFICERS TO WHOM, AND FIXING THE PERIOD OF TIME WITHIN WHICH PROHIBITED ARTICLES MENTIONED IN SECTION 2692 OF THE REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT No,4, MAY BE SURRENDERED WITHOUT INCURRRING ANY CRIMINAL LIABILITY.
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 4, approved July 19, 1946, amending section 2692 of the Revised Administrative Code, provides heavier penalties to be imposed upon any person who manufactures, deals in, acquires, disposes, or possesses, any firearms, or ammunition therefor, or instruments or implements used or intended to be used in the manufacture of firearms or ammunition, in violation of sections 877 to 906 of said code.
WHEREAS, said Republic Act No. 4 provides that the provisions of section 2692 of the Revised Administrative Code, as therein amended, to the contrary notwithstanding, any person in possession of any of the prohibited articles therein mentioned, may, without incurring any criminal liability, surrender the same to such officer, and within such period of time as the President shall by proclamation designate and fix immediately upon the approval of said Act:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Manuel Roxas, President of the Philippines, do hereby proclaim that any person in possession of any of the prohibited articles mentioned in section 2692 of the Revised Administrative Code, as amended by Republic Act No. 4, may, without incurring any criminal liability, surrender the same to the Secretary of the Interior or to the Governor of the province or the Mayor of the place wherein he resides or to any officer of the Military Police Command of the Philippine Army, not later than August 31, 1946 in the provinces of Luzon; not later than September 15, 1946 in the provinces of the Visayas; and not later than September 30, 1946 in the rest of the provinces of the Philippines. However, the Provost Marshal General or the provincial provost marshal, as the case may be, may issue to persons surrendering their firearms temporary licenses therefor for periods not exceeding three months at a time. Said temporary licenses shall be issued only to persons who have no criminal record and are otherwise not objectionable and only for personal protection or for use in hunting or other lawful purposes.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done at the City of Manila this 20th day of July, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-six, and of the Independence of the Philippines, the first.
(Sgd.) MANUEL ROXAS
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(Sgd.) EMILIO ABELLO
Chief of the Executive Office