Today in Philippine History, January 2, 1899, Apolinario Mabini was designated Secretary of Foreign Relations

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On January 2, 1899, when the Council of Government was created, Apolinario Mabini was designated President or Chairman of the Council and at the same time was designated to hold the post of Secretary of Foreign Relations in concurrent capacity.

   Apolinario Mabini
   Apolinario Mabini

Emilio Aguinaldo himself held the portfolio of Foriegn Affairs temporarily as published in the first issue of the La Independia and edited by Antonio Luna. A decree of September 1898 designated Cayetano S. Arellano to the post but refused to take the position according to Mabini in his work entitled La Revolucion Filipina.

In the meantime, however, until January 2, 1899, Dr. Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera, discharged the functions of Secretary of Foreign Relations in acting capacity. Pardo de Tavera, therefore, should be considered the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines.

Reference: The laws of the first Philippine Republic (the laws of Malolos) 1898-1899 Compiled & edited by Sulpicio Guevara, 1972


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