Act No. 1966

An Act Making Applicable To That Part Of The Philippine Islands Inhabited By Moros Or Other Non-Christian Tribes Certain Acts Of The First Philippine Legislature, Legalizing, Confirming, And Ratifying The Collection Of Taxes And All Other Action Heretofore Taken In Said Territory Under The Provisions Of Any Of Said Acts, And Repealing Act Numbered Nineteen Hundred And Sixty-Five

Act No. 1966

By authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Commission, that:

Section 1. The following Acts of the First Philippine Legislature are hereby made applicable to that part of the Philippine Islands inhabited by Moros or other non-Christian tribes, and shall have full force and effect therein.

No. 1804. Passed January 11, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Fifteen hundred and thirty-seven of the Philippine Commission, as amended by Act Numbered Fifteen hundred and ninety-nine of the said Commission, by providing that no horse racing shall be held on the thirtieth day of May, known as “Memorial Day,” or the thirtieth day of December known as “Rizal Day,” and appointing other days in their stead.”

No. 1806. Passed January 30, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty-five, entitled “An Act to constitute the customs Service of the Philippine Archipelago and to provide for the administration thereof,” as amended, by providing that merchandise in bond may be withdrawn for delivery on board vessels of the United States and foreign vessels.”

No. 1811. Passed February 24, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and ninety-three, entitled “An Act to encourage economy and saving among the people of the Philippine Islands, and to that end to provide for the establishment of Postal Savings Banks and their administration through the organization of a Postal Savings Bank division in the Bureau of Posts, and for other purposes,” by making provision for deposits made under Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and eighty.”

No. 1813. Passed March 24, 1908, entitled “An Act authorizing the Governor-General to convey, under certain conditions and restrictions, Insular property to provinces and municipalities of the Philippine Islands, to be used for public-school purposes.”

No. 1814. Passed March 24, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend section one hundred and thirty-six of Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty- five, known as the Philippine Customs Administrative Act, as amended by Act Numbered Thirteen hundred and forty-one, and authorizing the Insular Collector of Customs, with the approval of the Secretary of Finance and Justice, to regulate the manifesting of coastwise cargoes in certain particulars.”

No. 1818. Passed April 30, 1908, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered ‘Three hundred and forty-five, entitled “An Act designating the days which shall be observed as public holidays in the Philippine Islands,” as amended, among others by Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and seventy-one, so as to make the first day of May an official holiday and to empower the Governor-General to make any working day an official holiday, under certain conditions.”

No. 1824. Passed May 18, 1908, entitled “An Act to fix the time for making annual reports by the Directors of Bureaus and heads of Office of the Insular Government, provincial governors, and the Municipal Board of the city of Manila, and for other purposes.”

No. 1825. Passed May 18, 1908, entitled “An Act to further amend section eleven of Act Numbered Six hundred and nineteen, in order to avoid the long delays that are frequently attendant upon summary court trials in the constabulary.”

No. 1829. Passed May 21, 1908, entitled “An Act providing for popular civico-educational lectures in the municipalities and principally in the barrios of the Philippine Islands.”

No. 1833. Passed May 21, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered One hundred and thirty-one, entitled “An Act providing for the establishment of a Weather Bureau for the Philippine Islands and appropriating eight thousand and sixty-six dollars and fifty cents, in money of the United States, for the purchase of meteorological instruments and apparatus and the installation of the same.”

No. 1834. Passed May 21, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend sections seven, nine, and one hundred and thirty of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-nine, known as the “The Corporation Law.”

No. 1843. Passed June 1, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Fifteen hundred and nineteen, entitled “An Act to provide for inspecting and sealing weights and measures and to regulate their use,” so as to authorize the continued use of the English system of weights and measures in the purchase and sale of manufactured lumber.”

No. 1844. Passed June 1, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend section three hundred and one of Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty-five of the Philippine Commission, known as “An Act to constitute the Customs Service of the Philippine Archipelago and to provide for the administration thereof,” as amended, in such manner as to prohibit the importation of merchandise into any port in the Philippine Islands other than an entry port, or in vessels or less than thirty tons burden.”

No. 1851. Passed June 9, 1908, entitled “An Act to provide for the protection of rights of property in telegraphic messages, and to prevent the forging or improper disclosure of telegrams.”

No. 1854. Passed June 13, 1908, entitled “An Act to authorize the appropriation of seven hundred and fifty thousand pesos annually for the promotion, establishment, and maintenance of irrigation systems in the Philippine Islands.

No. 1856. Passed June 13, 1908, entitled “An Act authorizing the construction of a pantheon of illustrious Filipinos, and providing for the appointment of a committee to take charge of the matter.”

No. 1861. Passed June 16, 1908, entitled “An Act amending sections seventy-four and one hundred and seven of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and eighty-nine, as amended.”

No. 1862. Passed June 16, 1908, entitled “An Act amending section fourteen of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and twenty-seven.”

No 1865. Passed June 18, 1908, entitled “An Act creating a Government Agricultural Bank of the Philippine Islands and appropriating for funds thereof the sum of one million pesos.”

No. 1867. Passed June 18, 1908, entitled “An Act providing for certain reforms in the organization of the Philippine Constabulary.”

No. 1868. Passed June 18, 1908, entitled “An Act creating the Bureau of Labor, under the Department of Commerce and Police.”

No. 1870. Passed June 18, 1908, entitled “An Act for the purpose of founding a University of the Philippine Islands, giving it corporate existence, providing for a Board of Regents, defining the Board’s responsibilities and duties, providing higher and professional instruction and for other purposes.”

No. 1872. Passed June 19, 1908, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and seven, entitled “The Reorganization Act,” by providing for the free cutting and use of certain first-group timbers in buildings of strong materials.’’

No. 1874. Passed June 19, 1908, entitled “An Act to extend and regulate the responsibility of employers for personal injuries and deaths suffered by their employees while at work.”

No. 1875. Passed June 19, 1908, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Four hundred and ninety-six, entitled “The Land Registration Act,” and other Acts relating thereto, to give greater facilities for obtaining titles and the registration of property in the Philippine Islands, appropriating the sum of two hundred and five thousand pesos for the judiciary and one hundred and fifty thousand pesos for the Bureau of Lands to meet the additional expenses involved, and for other purposes.”

No. 1881. Passed April 5, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section twenty-two of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and ninety-eight, known as “The Revised Civil Service Act” by reducing the office hours to five hours, from seven o’clock and thirty minutes in the morning to twelve o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon, from the first of April to the fifteenth of June, both dates inclusive, of each year.”

No. 1888. Passed May 8, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section seventy-three of Act Numbered one hundred and ninety, as amended by section eight of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and twenty-seven, so as to make it applicable both civil and criminal cases, and repealing section three of Act Numbered One hundred and ninety-four.”

No. 1890. Passed May 10, 1909, entitled “An Act authorizing the Governor-General to convey or lease to the provinces and municipalities the private property of the Insular Government.

No. 1891. Passed May 10, 1909, entitled “An Act amending Article three hundred and twenty of the Civil Code in force in the Philippine Islands, by fixing the age of majority at twenty-one years.”

No. 1893. Passed May 14, 1909, entitled “An Act defining fraudulent enlistment in the Philippine Constabulary, and providing the punishment therefor.”

No. 1894. Passed May 15, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Three hundred and nine, entitled “An Act providing for the compulsory vaccination of the inhabitants of the Philippine Islands,” so as to provide that the inoculation of any human being with smallpox virus be unlawful.”

No. 1895. Passed May 17, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section seventeen of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-nine, entitled “The Corporation Law,” as amended by Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and forty-four, so that increase in capital stock of corporations may be paid in cash or property.”

No. 1897. Passed May 17, 1909, entitled “An Act amending sub- section four of section one hundred and forty-four of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and eighty-nine, known as “The Internal Revenue Law of Nineteen hundred and four,” increasing the license tax on pawnbrokers.”

No. 1899. Passed May 18, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section one hundred and twenty-six of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and eighty- nine, entitled “The Internal Revenue Law of Nineteen hundred and four,” by providing that upon reinsurance by a company which has already effected the insurance and paid the tax, no further tax shall become due.”

No. 1900. Passed May 18, 1909, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Twelve hundred and eighty-eight, entitled “An Act authorizing and directing registers of deeds to perform certain duties of commercial registers as defined in title two of the Code of Commerce, and providing that the documenting, registry, enrollment, and licensing of vessels in accordance with the Customs Administrative Act and the Custom Rules and Regulations shall be deemed to be a registry of vessels within the meaning of said title,” by providing that the Insular Collector of Customs shall perform the duties of commercial register concerning the registering of vessels, as defined in title two of the Code of Commerce.”

No. 1902. Passed May 18, 1909, entitled “An Act authorizing the Governor-General to direct that any unexpended balances of appropriations be returned to the general fund of the Insular Treasury and to transfer from the general fund moneys which have been returned thereto.”

No. 1904. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Seven hundred and nine, as amended, by authorizing the Governor-General to extend said Act or any part thereof by proclamation to any military or naval reservation or to any place or premises within a distance not exceeding two miles of any such reservation.”

No. 1906. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Eighteen hundred and sixty-five, entitled “An Act creating a Government Agricultural Bank of the Philippine Islands and appropriating for funds thereof the sum of one million pesos,” by authorizing the bank to make loans for additional purposes and by enumerating additional persons and officials who are prohibited from exacting, demanding or receiving any fee for service in obtaining loans.”

No. 1910, Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending sections twenty-two, twenty-six, thirty-one and thirty-two of Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and sixty-one, referred to as “The Opium Act,” by providing for the disposition of all taxes, fines, and all other moneys collected under this Act, increasing the penalties for the violation of sections thirty-one and thirty-two, repealing section twenty-seven, and for other purposes.”

No. 1911. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and ninety-three, entitled ‘The Philippine Postal Savings Bank Act,” as amended by Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and twenty.”

No. 1912. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section two hundred and fifty-two of Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty-five, entitled “An Act to constitute the Customs Service of the Philippine Archipelago and to provide for the administration thereof,” by providing a longer period during which merchandise may remain in bonded ware- houses.”

No. 1918. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Seventy-four, by making women eligible as members of the local school board and providing that two positions at least shall be held by women.

No. 1919. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section thirty-four of Act Numbered One hundred and ninety, entitled “An Act providing a Code of Procedure in Civil Actions and Special Proceedings in the Philippine Islands,” by requiring certain conditions in order that persons not duly authorized to practice law may appear for and defend other persons in justice of the peace courts.”

No. 1920. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act prohibiting and penalizing the purchase from the Government by any public official or employee of any real property sold by the Government for the nonpayment of any public tax.”

No. 1921. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending sections sixteen and seventeen of Act Numbered Five hundred and ninety-seven, entitled “An Act regulating the practice of pharmacy in the Philippine Islands.”

No 1923. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section thirteen of Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and three, by further extending the conditions upon which municipal prisoners may be confined in provincial jails.”

No. 1925. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend Act Numbered Eleven hundred and twenty-four, entitled “An Act to provide medical attendance on civil officers and employees at isolated points when life is in jeopardy,” providing that the traveling expenses of the attending physician or nurse shall in each case be paid by the Bureau or Office with which the patient is connected.”

No. 1934. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section six hundred and fourteen of Act Numbered One hundred and ninety, entitled “An Act providing a Code of Procedure in Civil Actions and Special Proceedings in the Philippine Islands,” by fixing eighteen years as the minimum age at which a person may make a will.”

No. 1935. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act providing for the consolidation of all libraries belonging to any branch of the Philippine Insular Government for the creation of “The Philippine Library,” and for the maintenance and regulation of the same, and for other purpose.”

No. 1936. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend subsection five of section one hundred and forty four of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and eighty-nine, entitled “The Internal Revenue Law of Nineteen hundred and four,” as amended, by fixing the license tax for proprietors of theaters located outside of the city of Manila.”

No. 1937. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section five of Act Numbered Eighteen hundred and seventy-five, entitled “An Act amending Act Numbered Four hundred and ninety-six, entitled “The Land Registration Act,” and other Acts relating thereto, to give greater facilities for obtaining titles and the registration of property in the Philippine Islands, appropriating the sum of two hundred and five thousand pesos for the judiciary and one hundred and fifty thousand pesos for the Bureau of Lands to meet the additional expenses involved, and for other purposes,” by providing that those who have practiced their profession of surveyor in the Philippine Islands prior to June first, nineteen hundred and nine, under certain conditions, shall be authorized by the Director of Lands to make surveys for the Court of Land Registration without examination, and providing for the suspension of fees the payment whereof is prescribed in section one hundred and fourteen of Act Numbered Four hundred and ninety-six, as amended by section seven of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and forty-eight, except the fees of the sheriff and the registrar of property, on all property not exceeding five hundred pesos in value, under certain conditions.”

No. 1940. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section twenty-five, twenty-seven, thirty-six, seventy-four and ninety-one of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and eighty-nine, entitled “The Internal Revenue Law of Nineteen hundred and four,” by imposing internal- revenue taxes on wines and imitation of wines and on certain articles imported into the Philippine Islands, by permitting the removal of distilled spirits from distilleries or bonded warehouses for industrial purposes under certain conditions without the payment of tax, and for other purposes.

No. 1941. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act creating a Code Committee to revise and amend the Civil, Commercial, Penal and Procedure Codes in force in the Philippine Islands and to prepare new codes on said subjects, making necessary appropriation for the same, and for other purposes.”

No. 1942. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act providing the means whereby poor defendants in Courts of First Instance shall be defended free of cost with certain exceptions.”

No. 1946. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act further amending section twelve of Act Numbered One hundred and ninety, entitled “An Act providing a Code of Procedure in Civil Actions and Special Proceedings in the Philippine Island”, as amended, by providing for the continuation of the Spanish language as the official language of the courts until the first day of January, nineteen hundred and thirteen, and for other purposes.”

No. 1953. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act providing for the free transportation, under certain conditions and restrictions, of certain articles to the lepers kept at the Culion leper colony.”

No. 1956. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act providing for the suspension of payments, the relief of insolvent debtors, the protection of creditors, and the punishment of fraudulent debtors.”

Section 2. The following Acts of the First Philippine Legislature are hereby made applicable to municipalities organized under the Municipal Code in that part of the Philippine Islands inhabited by Moros or other non-Christian tribes, and shall have full force and effect therein:

No. 1832. Passed May 21, 1908, entitled “An Act abolishing the special tax of one per centum on the assessed value of undeclared property.”

No. 1846. Passed June 2, 1908, entitled “An Act to amend section eighteen, paragraph two of subsection (1), of Act Numbered Eighty-two, known as the “The Municipal Code,” as amended by Act Numbered Nine hundred and ninety-nine.”

No. 1852. Passed June 11, 1908, entitled “An Act revalidating certain declarations of real property for assessment purposes heretofore made in accordance with the provisions of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-five, as amended.”

No. 1858. Passed June 13, 1908, entitled “An Act amending section forty of Act Numbered Eighty-two, known as “The Municipal Code.”

No. 1886. Passed April 22, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section thirty-four of Act Numbered Eighty-two, by adding thereto a second paragraph authorizing the translation of municipal ordinances into the local dialect and the posting thereof, as translated into such dialect,”

No. 1898. Passed May 17, 1909, entitled “An Act providing that municipal presidents shall make special quarterly reports on the condition of agriculture, live stock, and on other matters in their respective municipalities.”

No. 1903. Passed May 18, 1909, entitled “An Act further amending subsection (a) of section four of Act Numbered Eighty-two, entitled “The Municipal Code,” as amended by Acts Numbered Three hundred and three, Fourteen hundred and thirty-three, and Sixteen hundred and ninety-one, by adding to the second paragraph of said section an exception covering the equipment of the municipal police force.”

No. 1909. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending paragraph (j) of section forty of Act Numbered Eighty-two, known as the “The Municipal Code.”

No. 1915. Passed May 19, 1909, entitled “An Act amending section thirteen of Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and ninety-one, amending Act Numbered Eighty-two, known as the “The Municipal Code.”

No. 1930. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act to amend section forty-nine of Act Numbered Eighty-two, entitled “The Municipal Code” by providing that boards of tax assessors shall include one member appointed by the provincial board instead of a specially authorized deputy of the provincial treasurer, and for other purposes.”

No. 1939. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act adding a proviso to subsection (b) of section twelve of Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and ninety-one, entitled “An Act to amend in certain respects Act Numbered Eighty-two known as the “The Municipal Code,” by providing that the municipal council may, in its discretion, extend the time for the payment, without penalty, of certain license taxes.”

No. 1943. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act providing for the relief of persons who have paid or are liable to pay the land tax for nineteen hundred and six or subsequent years upon an excessive or erroneous assessment.”

No. 1948. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act amending, supplementing and explaining certain sections of Act Numbered Fifteen hundred and eighty-two, entitled “The Election Law.”

No. 1949. Passed May 20, 1909, entitled “An Act amending subsection (a) of section nineteen and subsections (e) and (f) of section twenty-two of Act Numbered Eighty-two, known as “The Municipal Code,” by providing that a councilor shall discharge the duties and receive the salary of the municipal president in case of the absence or temporary inability of the municipal president and vice-president, under certain conditions, and for other purposes.”

Section 3. Act of the Philippine Legislature Numbered Eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled “An Act amending chapter one of Act Numbered Nine hundred and twenty-six by providing that payment of homestead entry fees may be made in installments, and by limiting the residence required by said chapter to the last two years immediately preceding the date of final proof,” is hereby made applicable to any political division of that part of the Philippine Islands inhabited by Moros or other non-Christian tribes to which chapter one of the “Public Land Act” has been made applicable.

Section 4. All taxes collected and all action taken and things done in the territory of the Philippine Islands inhabited by the Moros or other non-Christian tribes prior to the enactment of this law under the provisions of any Act hereby made applicable to said territory are hereby legalized, ratified, and confirmed as fully to all intents and purposes as if the same had by prior Act of the Philippine Commission been specifically authorized and directed.

Section 5. Act Numbered Nineteen hundred and five of the First Philippine Legislature, entitled “An Act granting the Manila Railroad Company certain additional concessions for railroad lines in the Island of Luzon and guaranteeing interest on the first-mortgage bonds of said lines and of certain lines already authorized by Act Numbered Fifteen hundred and ten, and for other purposes,” in so far as said Act purports to be applicable to certain parts of the Mountain Province, is hereby made applicable to such parts of said province, and all action taken and things done affecting said parts of the Mountain Province under the provisions of such Act are hereby legalized, ratified, and confirmed as fully to all intents and purposes as if the said Act Numbered Nineteen hundred and five, in so far as it affects said parts of the Mountain Province, had been originally enacted by the Philippine Commission.

Section 6. Act Numbered Nineteen hundred and sixty-five, entitled “An Act making certain Acts of the First Philippine Legislature applicable to the territory of the Philippine Islands inhabited by Moros or other non- Christian tribes and legalizing, confirming, and ratifying the collection of taxes and all other action heretofore taken in said territory under the provisions of said Acts,” is hereby repealed.

Section 7. The public good requiring the speedy enactment of this bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in accordance with section two of “An Act prescribing the order of procedure by the Commission in the enactment of laws,” passed September twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.

Section 8. This Act shall take effect on its passage.