ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL
Chapter Commander Raul Fermin, KCR
Deputy Chapter Commander Eliezer Pascua, KOR
Exchequer Jimmy Alban, KCR
Pursuivant Fabie De Silva, KOR
Chancellor Rene Abella, KCR
Auditor Gerry Crisostomo, KCR
Archivist Willy Buhay, KGOR
Trustee Clem Manaois, KGOR
Trustee Rufino Crisostomo, KGOR
Republic Act No. 646
Charter of the Knights of Rizal
SECOND CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
S. No. 251 Second Session
Republic Act No. 646
AN ACT TO CONVERT THE "ORDEN DE CABALLEROS DE RIZAL" INTO A PUBLIC CORPORATION TO BE KNOWN IN ENGLISH AS "KNIGHTS OF RIZAL" AND; IN SPANISH AS "ORDEN DE CABALLEROS DE RIZAL" AND TO DEFINE ITS PURPOSES AND POWERS.
WHEREAS, a civic organization known as "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal" (Knights of Rizal) was incorporated under the Corporation Law of the Philippines in the year 1916 by patriotic citizens for the following purposes
WHEREAS, the Knights of Rizal , if officially recognized and vested with appropriate powers, would be a convenient instrumentality by which the teachings of our national hero may be propagated among our people to the end that they emulate and follow his examples; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to grant legislative Charter to the said Knights of Rizal in order to accord official recognition to it and to enlarge its powers so that it may more fully and more effectively accomplish the laudable purposes for which it was organized: Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. The present civic organization known as "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal" is hereby converted into a body corporate and politic with powers hereinafter specified, under the name and style of KNIGHTS OF RIZAL and in Spanish as "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal" (hereinafter called the corporation). The principal office of the corporation shall be in the city of Manila, Philippines.
SECTION 2. The purposes of this corporation shall be to study the teaching of Dr. Jose Rizal, to inculcate and propagate them in and among all classes of Filipino people, and by words and deeds to exhort our citizenry to emulate and practice the examples and teachings of our national hero; to promote among the associated knights the spirit of patriotism and Rizalian chivalry; to develop a perfect union among the Filipinos in revering the memory of Dr. Jose Rizal; and to organize and hold programs commemorative of Rizal" nativity and martyrdom.
SECTION 3. The said corporation shall have perpetual succession, with power to sue and to be sued, to hold such real and personal property as shall be necessary for corporate purposes; to solicit and receive public contributions; to receive real and personal property by gift, device, or bequest; to adopt a seal and to alter the same at pleasure; to have offices and conduct its business and affairs in the city of Manila and elsewhere; to make and adopt by-laws, rules and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of the Philippines, and generally to do all such acts and things including the establishment of regulations for the election of associates and successors as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and to promote the purposes of the said corporation. The existing By-Laws of the "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal" insofar as they are not inconsistent with this Act shall remain in force as the By-Laws of the corporation until repealed or amended.
SECTION 4. All persons of legal age and of good moral character and reputation, who are in sympathy with the purposes of the corporation, are eligible for active membership, upon unanimous approval of the Supreme Council en banc of a written application therefore duly endorsed by at least two active members of the corporation.
SECTION 5. The general administration and direction of the affairs of the corporation shall be in the hands of a Supreme Council (Board of Directors) of nine members, which is hereby vested with full powers and authority to act and perform all such functions as the corporation itself may do and perform.
SECTION 6. A group of five or more persons, of legal age residing in any locality outside Manila and who are of good moral character an reputation, may associate themselves and form a chapter of the corporation upon approval of a written petition to the Supreme Council. It shall be the duty of each chapter to promote and carry out the purposes of the corporation in the locality where the chapter is organized.
SECTION 7. Any donation or contribution which from time to time may be made to the corporation by the Government or any of its subdivisions, branches, offices, agencies, or instrumentalities, or by any other person or entity shall be expended by the Supreme Council solely to promote the purposes for which the corporation is organized.
SECTION 8. From and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to falsely and fraudulently call himself as, or represent himself to be, a member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal; and any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding five hundred pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 9. These acts shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved. June 14, 1951
Seal of the Order
The Order shall have a dry seal, which shall bear upon its face in a circular design, the words: "KNIGHTS OF RIZAL" "MANILA, PHILIPPINES" and within the circle, an equilateral triangle bearing the profile of Dr. Jose Rizal in the center, the name and the abbreviation and figures Inc., 1916, under it a five pointed star in each angle of the triangle, all mounted on a sun with eight (8) salient rays as background. (Article XVI, Section 1 of the amended By-Laws of the Order of the Knights of Rizal)
A document conferring rights or privileges on an individual or a group of people. The term originally applied to a written conveyance of land titles (now called a deed). The term charter is used to describe a grant of land or special privileges by the state, or a solemn guarantee by the sovereign of popular rights. The Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, issued in 1215, is one of the primary constitutional documents of Britain. In American colonial history charters were granted by English monarchs to companies to establish colonies; to the inhabitants of existing settlements; and to individual proprietors, conveying hereditary rights over land and settlers.
In the United States corporations generally are chartered by legislative acts of a state. The charters of public corporations, such as cities or towns, may be changed by the legislature. The charter of a private corporation, however, is protected from repeal or modification by the Constitution of the United States. In Britain the privileges of towns, universities, schools, banks, and joint-stock companies were often derived from royal charters. Now, however, Parliament has passed a general act governing the procedure for incorporation.
HISTORY OF THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL
The history of the Order of the Knights of Rizal goes back to December 30, 1911 when Colonel Antonio C. Torres organized a group of men from different walks of life for the purpose of commemorating in a fitting manner the execution and martyrdom of our foremost national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thereafter, year after year, the same group would gather to celebrate the birth and commemorate the death of Dr. Jose Rizal. During Rizal Day celebrations, this group would be seen conspicuously on horseback reminiscent of the knights of old known for their chivalry and exemplary life.
To provide a continuing entity and to encourage others to join them, these admirers of Dr. Rizal on November 16, 1916, organized a private non-stock corporation and named it the "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal." The incorporators of the corporation were: Antonio C. Torres, Juan Flameno, Martin P. de Veyra, Jose A. del Barrio and Jose S. Galvez.
Colonel Antonio C. Torres, who before the last war was Chief of Police of Manila, was the first Supreme Commander. The following have since then been Supreme Commanders of the Order: Martin P. de Veyra, Manuel Lim, Juan F. Nakpil, Herminio Velarde, Teodoro Evangelista, Hernenegildo B. Reyes, Santiago F. de la Cruz, Jesus E. Perpinan, Vitaliano Bernardino, Jose Ma. Paredes Claudio Teehankee, Jose S. Laurel III and the incumbent, Justo P. Torres, Jr.
In 1951 the Supreme Council of the Order created a Committee on Legislation for the purpose of studying the feasibility of filing a bill in the Congress of the Philippines to be enacted into law to enable the Order to secure a legislative charter. Justice Roman Ozaeta was the Chairman of the Committee with Sirs Carlos Hilado and Pedro Sabido as members.
The bill seeking to give the Order of the Knights of Rizal a legislative charter was docketed as Senate Bill No. 251, with then Senators Enrique Magalona, Lorenzo Sumulong, Esteban Abada, Emiliano Tria Tirona, Camilo Osias, Geronima Pecson, Jose Avelino and Ramon Torres as sponsors. In the lowerhouse, Congressman Manuel Zosa of Cebu was the principal sponsor of the measure. The explanatory note of the Bill read as follows:
"The purpose of the attached bill is to accord to' the civic and patriotic organization known as "Orden de Caballeros de Rizal" (Order of the Knights of Rizal) the same kind of official recognition and encouragement as that accorded to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines by Commonwealth Act No. 111, by granting to it a legislative Charier and investing 'it with the necessary powers to enable it more fully and more effectively to accomplish the laudable purposes for which it was organized."
" This Bill if enacted into law will also serve as a historical monument to Rizal; it will constitute an official recognition by the Republic of the Philippines of the inestimable value to the nation of his teachings and examples and of the wisdom and necessity of inculcating them in the minds and -hearts of our people so they may strive to follow and practice them. The authors and proponents of this Bill believe that if the purposes thereof are faithfully and effectively carried out, social discipline, civic virtues, and love of justice will be fostered, promoted, 'and enhanced in this country, and that the Knights of Rizal as chartered entity is the most convenient instrumentality by which these desirable ends can be attained'. Let Rizal's life and martyrdom influence and guide the destiny of the nation. Let this and future generations live the Rizal Way. "
Recommended for approval on May 15, 1951, the measure was, signed into law by the President of the Philippines on June 14, 1951, becoming Republic Act 646.
(taken from the Philippine KOR Manual)
"We, therefore, profess, gentlemen, once again unity and solidarity among us. The good and welfare of our country is our motive. Let us prove to the whole world that when a Filipino wills something he can always do it."