Practice Relating to Rule 47. Attacks against Persons Hors de Combat
The Soldier’s Rules of the Philippines (1989) instructs: “Do not fight enemies who are ‘out of combat’ … Disarm them and hand them over to your superior.”
The Philippine Army Soldier’s Handbook on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (2006) states in its glossary:
Enemy “hors de combat”
– enemy who is out of combat. A person who is recognized or who, in the circumstances, is no longer able to participate in combat, shall not be attacked (e.g. surrendering, wounded, dead, shipwrecked in water, descending by parachute from an aircraft in distress).