Practice Relating to Rule 51. Public and Private Property in Occupied Territory
Section C. Private property in occupied territory
The Soldier’s Rules (1989) of the Philippines instructs troops: “Respect other people’s property.”
The Joint Circular on Adherence to IHL and Human Rights (1991) of the Philippines provides: “Members of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and PNP [Philippine National Police] shall inhibit themselves from unnecessary military/police actions that could cause destruction to private … properties.”
The Philippines’ AFP Standing Rules of Engagement (2005) states:
8. General Rules for the Correct Use of Force towards Mission Accomplishment
k. Commanders will instruct their personnel on the nature of their mission to include proper actuations and decorum. This stresses the importance of proper conduct and regard for the local population and the need to respect private property and public facilities and sensitivity to local/ethnic cultures.