Preparatory Committee for Philippine Independence

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The Preparatory Committee for Philippine Independence or the PCPI was the drafting body of the 1943 Philippine Constitution which was signed and unanimously approved on September 4, 1943 by its members and was then ratified by a popular convention of the KALIBAPI in Manila on September 7, 1943.


Japanese Premier Hideki Tōjō

In mid-1942, Japanese Premier Hideki Tōjō had promised the Filipinos "the honor of independence" which meant that the commission would be supplanted by a formal republic.

The PCPI was composed of 20 prominent Filipinos mostly pre-war legislators. But many Filipinos, ridiculed the PCPI's meaning, for them it was Please Cancel Philippine Independence'

The PCPI tasked with drafting a new constitution was composed, in large part, of members of the prewar National Assembly and of individuals with experience as delegates to the convention that had drafted the 1935 Philippine Constitution. Their draft for the republic to be established under the Japanese Occupation, however, would be limited in duration, provide for indirect, instead of direct, legislative elections, and an even stronger executive branch.



Vice Presidents[edit]

Other members[edit]


1943 Constitution
Drafting July 9 to September 4, 1943
Approval and Signing September 4, 1943
Ratification September 7, 1943

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Further reading[edit]

  • Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library
  • The Presidents of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. ISBN 971-8832-24-6. 
  • Pobre, Cesar P. Philippine Legislature 100 Years. ISBN 971-92245-0-9.