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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. General
(1937)

Regulation of relations between the government of the Philippine Commonwealth and foreign consuls,   pp. 980-990 PDF (4.1 MB)


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REGULATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERN-
  MENT OF THE PHILIPPINE COMMONWEALTH AND
  FOREIGN CONSULS
702.0011B/3
   The Secretary of War (Woodring) to the Secretary of State
                               WASHINGTON, November 25, 1936.
  DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I shall appreciate greatly your advice upon
the question presented by the High Commissioner to the Philippine
Islands in the accompanying letter dated November 20, 1936.
  Sincerely yours,                         HARRY H. WOODRING
                          [Enclosure]
The High Commiseioner to the Philippine Islands (Murphy) to the
                 Secretary of War (Woodring)
                            DETROIT, MIcH., November 20, 1936.
  SIR: It has come to the attention of the High Commissioner's office
that certain foreign consuls at Manila make a practice of sending
directly to the office of the President of the Philippines, instead of
through the office of the High Commissioner, notice of changes in
personnel or other official actions. Simultaneous notice is given this
office also. Possibly other communications pass directly between
these consuls and the Commonwealth Government.
  It may perhaps be considered that the Commonwealth Government
is not exactly analogous to the government of one of the states of the
Union, but in a sense may be considered a branch or agency of the
Federal Government, vested with general control of local government
affairs in the Philippines. To what extent the procedure observed
by foreign consuls in the United States is applicable or appropriate
in the Philippines is not wholly clear.
  In view of the fact that matters relating to foreign affairs have
been excluded from the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Govern-
ment and are among the prescribed duties and responsibilities which
the High Commissioner is called upon to discharge as the representa-
tive of the President of the United States, question has arisen whether
the practice being followed by local consuls is a correct one.
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