Practice Relating to Rule 51. Public and Private Property in Occupied Territory
Section A. Movable public property in occupied territory
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 … public properties.”
The Articles of War (1938) of the Philippines states:
All public property taken from the enemy is the property of the Government of the Philippines and shall be secured for the service thereof, and any person subject to military law who neglects to secure such property or is guilty of wrongful appropriation thereof shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.