Commission. The four departments are those of the Interior, Commerce and Police, Finance and Justice, and Public Instruction.
The judiciary is composed of a Supreme Court, with a chief justice and six associate justices; 26 judicial districts, each with a justice of first instance, except the ninth district (covering Manila), which has four justices. There is also one justice of the peace and A ne auxiliary justice for each organized municipality.
The country is divided into 36 provinces (including the Department of Mindanao and Sulu) besides the two municipalities of Manila and Baguio. The Christian provinces are governed under the provincial government act, and the administration is carried on by the Provincial board, composed of the provincial governor, the treasurer, and another membera the last-mentioned being a Filipino in most eases. The board also carries on minor cases of legislation. These officials are appointed for four years. In some provinces all the members of the provincial board are Filipinos. The non-Christian provinces, including the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, the Mountain Province and the provinces of Mindoro, Palawan, Agusan, and Nueva Vizcaya are governed under special Acts.
For purposes of local administration, the provinces are divided 'nto municipalities. The municipality is not, necessarily, as in other countries, a city Of a town, where a targe body of people t've collectively. a In the Philippines, the term signifies in. many "^es a collection of villages or scattered hamlets. The munic-'pality in these cases consists of the central bn'-rio (pablacion) or central village, with a "umber of barrios or "amlets attached to it, a greater or less distance from it. At the central barrio sits the municipal council, corned of 8 to IS mem-j?ers who are elected "or a term of four years, yv" and above the t-ouncil is the prcci-and under him ,'le treasurer, who acts
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