thereto previously applicable in order to continue their effectiveness in Puerto Rico after it became a commonwealth in 1952.'
The Federal Relations Act referred to in Moreno Rios, supra, provides in relevant part:
'The statutory laws of the United States not locally inapplicable, except as hereinbefore or hereinafter otherwise provided, shall have the same force and effect in Puerto Rico as in the United States * * *.' 48 U.S.C. § 734.
In Detres v. Lions Building Corp., supra, the Court after reviewing the legislative history of the Act giving Puerto Rico commonwealth status (Act of July 3, 1950, c. 446, 64 Stat. 319) stated:
'The above expressions all indicate that the persons interested in and responsible for the Act did not think that Puerto Rico was thereby being changed from a territory to some other political entity. 'The mere change of the name of Puerto Rico to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico did not change Puerto Rico from a territory to a commonwealth unless its form of government was so changed as to actually make it a commonwealth. 'Puerto Rico both before and after the adoption and approval of its constitution was a territory of the United States within the meaning of the diversity section of the federal code of civil procedure.'
The argument that the statute so construed is unconstitutional is likewise without merit. It is true that Article IV, § 1 of the Constitution speaks only of full faith and credit to be given to state proceedings. But Congress, by virtue of Article IV, § 3 is vested with full power to legislate for the territories. Simms v. Simms, 175 U.S. 162, 168, 20 S. Ct. 58, 44 L. Ed. 115 (1899). That constitutional authorization certainly includes the power to declare that full faith and credit be given to judgments of territorial courts. In an analogous situation, the Supreme Court held that Congress is not bound solely by Article IV, § 1 when enacting full faith and credit legislation. Discussing an earlier version of the present statute (28 U.S.C. § 1738) the Court in Metcalf v. Watertown, 153 U.S. 671, 676, 14 S. Ct. 947, 949, 38 L. Ed. 861 (1894), said:
'So far as that section relates to the effect to be given to the judicial proceedings of the states, it is founded on article 4, § 1, of the constitution; but the power to prescribe what effect shall be given to the judicial proceedings of the courts of the United States is conferred by other provisions of the constitution, such as those which declare the extent of the judicial power of the United States; which authorize all legislation necessary and proper for executing the powers vested by the constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof, and which declare the supremacy of the power of the national government within the limits of the constitution.'
Judgment will be entered in favor of plaintiff and against defendants in the amount of $ 10,100 with interest computed thereon from April 28, 1964 and costs.
An appropriate order for entry of judgment will be submitted.