Today in Philippine History, November 8, 1949, sitting Chief Executive Elpidio Quirino was elected formally as president

Tuesday November 08, 2011 ()

6th President of the Philippines 2nd President of the Third Republic On November 8, 1949, then sitting Chief Executive Elpidio Quirino was elected formally as the sixth president of the Philippines for a four-year term.

Then vice president Quirino assumed the presidency on April 17, 1948, following the death of President Manuel A. Roxas on April 15 of the same year.

Quirino’s six-year presidency was marked by notable post-war reconstruction, general economic gains, and increased economic aid from the United States. It was in the realm of diplomacy where he excelled, impressing foreign heads of states and world statesmen from American, European and Asian countries.

He negotiated various treaties and agreements with other nations as well as discussed common problems of peace and security in the Asian region.

His administration's major objectives included economic reconstruction -- focusing on mitigating the sufferings of indigent families, helping the farmers market their crops and save them from loan sharks, and strengthening the rural banking system of the Philippines to facilitate credit utilities in rural areas.

It was during the Quirino administration when the country's Central Bank was established.

Quirino, who also became congressman and senator prior to his presidency, was also a known member of the Philippine independence commission sent to Washington, D.C., which secured the passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act by the American Congress. He was also a member of the convention that wrote the draft of the 1935 Constitution.

After being defeated by President Ramon Magsaysay in the November 1953 national elections, Quirino went back to private life at his then new home near the scenic La Mesa Dam in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Quirino died of heart attack on Feb. 29, 1956 at the age of 65.

Source: Philippine New Agency
Photo credut: Wikipedia Commons


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