Manuel Roxas
First term: May 28, 1946 – July 4, 1946
Second term: July 4, 1946 – April 15, 1948


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Era Fifth President of the Philippines
Third and Last President of the Commonwealth
First President of the Third Republic
Constitution Amended 1935 Constitution
Predecessor Sergio Osmeña
Successor Elpidio Quirino
Date elected April 23, 1946, 1,333,392 votes (54% of the electorate)
Inauguration May 28, 1946, Legislative Building (now National Museum), Manila (aged 54)
July 4, 1946, Independence Grandstand (now Quirino Grandstand), Manila (aged 54)
Seat of Government Manila
Vice President Elpidio Quirino (May 28, 1946-April 17, 1948)
Chief Justice Manuel V. Moran (July 9, 1945-March 20, 1951)
Senate President Jose Avelino (May 25, 1946-July 4, 1946; July 5, 1946-February 21, 1949)
Speaker of the House Eugenio Perez (May 25, 1946-July 4, 1946; July 5, 1946-December 30, 1949)
Previous Positions
Executive Provincial: Governor of Capiz (1919-1921)
Bureaucracy: Chairman, Bigasan ng Bayan (1943-1945)
Cabinet: Secretary of Finance (1938-1941)
National: Chairman, National Economic Council (1938-1941)
Bureaucracy: National Development Corporation (1938-1941)
Bureaucracy: National Enterprises Control Board (1938-1941)
Bureaucracy: Chairman of the Rural Progress Administration (1938-1941)
Chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (1938-1941)
Legislative Local: Municipal Councilor of Capiz (1917-1919)
Lower House: Representative of the 1st District of Capiz (1922-1935)
Lower House: Speaker of the House (1922-1933)
Lower House: Assemblyman for the 1st District of Capiz, National Assembly (1935-1938)
Upper House: Senate President (1945–1946)
Upper House: Senator (elected in 1941 but did not assume office due to Japanese Occupation) (1945–1946)
Judicial Law clerk to Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano (1913-1917)
Others 1st Place in the Philippine Bar Examination (1913)
Delegate, 1935 Constitutional Convention
Member, 1943 Preparatory Commission on Philippine Independence
Worked under other Administrations QUEZON as Assemblyman; Secretary of Finance; liaison with the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE); Secretary to the President; Senator
LAUREL as Head of Bigasang Bayan (BIBA)
OSMEÑA as Senate President
Personal Details
Born January 1, 1892
Capiz (now Roxas City), Capiz
Died April 15, 1948
Clark Air Base, Pampanga
Resting Place Manila North Cemetery, Manila
Political Parties Partido Colectivista Liberal (1922)
Partido Nacionalista Consolidado (1923-1933)
Partido Nacionalista (“Pro”) (1934)
Nacionalista Coalition (Coalition Party) (1935-1937)
Partido Nacionalista (1937-1941)
Nacionalista Party (1945-1946)
Partido Nacionalista-Liberal Wing (1946)
Liberal Party (1946-1948)
Parents Gerardo Roxas Sr.
Rosario Acuña
Spouse Trinidad Roura de Leon (1900-1995) (m. 1921)
Children Maria Rosario Roxas
Gerardo Roxas
Education Manila High School (now Araullo High School) (1910)
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines (1913)
Profession Interpreter in the Court of First Instance of the 15th Judicial District
Academe Professor of Law, Philippine Law School (1916)

Department of Agriculture and Commerce Mariano Garchitorena
Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce
(May 28, 1946-September 1948)
Department of Public Instruction Manuel V. Gallego
Secretary of Public Instruction
(May 28, 1946-September 20, 1948)
Department of Finance Miguel Cuaderno
Secretary of Finance
(November 23, 1946-January 2, 1949)
Elpidio Quirino
Secretary of Finance
(September 16, 1946-January 6, 1950)
Department of Foreign Affairs Elpidio Quirino
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
(July 5, 1946–May 1950)
Department of Health Antonio C. Villarama
Secretary of Health
(May 28, 1946–April 17, 1948)
Department of Interior Jose Zulueta
Secretary of the Interior
(May 28, 1946–1948)
Department of Justice Roman Ozaeta
Secretary of Justice
(May 29, 1946-September 17, 1948)
Department of Labor and Employment Pedro Magsalin
Secretary of Labor and Employment
(May 28, 1946-1948)
Department of National Defense Ruperto K. Kangleon
Secretary of National Defense
(May 28, 1946-April 17, 1948)
Department of Public Works and Communication Ricardo Nepomuceno
Secretary of Public Works and Communication
(May 28, 1946-1949)
Social Welfare Commission Antonio Villarama
Secretary of Social Welfare
Asuncion A. Perez
Commissioner of Social Welfare
(October 27, 1946)
Chief of the Executive Office Nicanor Roxas
Chief of the Executive Office
(September 10, 1947-February 6, 1948)
Emilio Abello
Chief of the Executive Office
(May 30, 1946-September 3, 1947)
Executive Secretary Emilio Abello
Executive Secretary
(February 26, 1948-March 30, 1948)

The Executive Orders issued by President Roxas started with Executive Order No. 110, continuing the numbering of President Sergio Osmeña. In July 4, 1946, with the inauguration of the Third Republic of the Philippines, the number of the issuances was reset with Executive Order No. 1, s. 1946. He issued a total of 129 Executive Orders.

  • Executive Orders: 110–111; 1–127
  • Administrative Orders: 1–50
  • Proclamations: 1–60

  • Population: 19.23 million (1948)
  • Gross Domestic Product: P85,269 million (1947)
  • GDP Growth Rate: 39.5% (1946-1947 average)
  • Income Per Capita: P4,434 (1947)
  • Total Exports: P24,824 million (1947)

Source: National Statistics Office

It was under his administration that the legislation of Republic Acts began. President Roxas signed a total of 421 Republic Acts.

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These infographics were published as part of the Philippine Electoral Almanac, a compendium and handy resource of Philippine national elections from 1935 onwards, by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

1946 Presidential Elections

1946 Vice Presidential Elections

1946 Legislative Elections

The Second Congress of the Commonwealth convened on May 25, 1946; however, it would only last until July 4, 1946, with the inauguration of the Third Republic of the Philippines. Members of both Houses of Congress thus formed the First Congress of the Republic of the Philippines.

1947 Plebiscite

In a plebiscite in 1947, U.S. citizens were granted the right to utilize Philippine natural resources – however, it was later revoked.

1947 Senate Midterm Elections

Elections were held on November 11, 1947 to fill the 8 vacant seats in the Philippine Senate.

Seventy-five (75) SONAs have been delivered thus far. Click here to access the full list and links to all the SONAs of the Presidents of the Philippines.

First State of the Nation Address of President Manuel Roxas

Delivered at Lepanto Street, Manila, June 3, 1946

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1. First State of the Nation Address of President Manuel Roxas

Second State of the Nation Address of President Manuel Roxas

Delivered at the Opening of the Second Session, Manila, January 27, 1947

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2. Second State of the Nation Address of President Manuel Roxas

The Nation on the Road to Prosperity

Delivered at Lepanto Street, Manila, January 26, 1948

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3. Third State of the Nation Address of President Manuel Roxas

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