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1943 Events

January 21

An American submarine lands in Southern Negros bringing Major Jesus Villamor, who assumes command of the guerilla forces in Negros and Siquijor Islands

June 19

The KALIBAPI elects twenty members of the preparatory Commission for Philippine Independence (PCPI).  This body is charged with the task of framing a constitution for the Japanese sponsored Republic headed by Dr. Jose P. Laurel.

July 9

First shipment of arms, ammunition, military medical equipment and supplies is unloaded from an American submarine at Bacuyangan, Sipalay, Negros Occidental.

October 14

Inauguration of the Japanese-sponsored Republic of the Philippines with Dr. Jose P. Laurel as President.  The first foreign treaty concluded by the Philippine Republic, the Japan-Phililippine Pact of Alliance providing the political and economic cooperation between Japan and the Philippines, also for military cooperation is signed in Malacanang.

November 12

The U.S. Congress passes Joint Resolution No. 25 extending the terms of  Office of the Vice-President of the Commonwealth until the president of the United States shall have proclaimed the restoration of constitutional processes and the normal functions of the government of the Philippines.