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Philippine President - JOSE PACIANO LAUREL y GARCIA
 
Jose P Laurel - Fourth Philippine PresidentFourth President of the Philippines and President of the Second Republic of the Philippines

October 14, 1943 - August 15, 1945

PERSONAL DATA
Date of Birth: March 9, 1891
Place of Birth: Tanauan, Batangas
Father: Sotero Laurel
Mother: Jacoba Garcia
Espouse: Prudencia Hidalgo
Children: Jose II, Jose III, Sotero , Natividad, Rosenda, Potenciana, Mariano, Salvador and Arsenio
Date of Death: November 6, 1959
Place of Death: Manila
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Age at Death: 68
 
EDUCATION
Elementary and Secondary
Mataas na Paaralan ng Tanauan
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
Manila High School
College
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines (1915)
Master of Laws, Escuela de Derecho (1919)
Doctor of Civil Laws, Yale University, United States (1920)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, (1936)
Doctor of Laws, Tokyo Imperial University, Tokyo, Japan (1938)
 
IMPORTANT NOTES IN HISTORY
  • While he has the capability to leave the country during the Japanese regime, he chose to face the trials that besieged the country.
  • Tasked by President Quezon to reconciled with the Japanese to save his countrymen.
  • Accused of being a collaborator, traitor and pro-Japanese.
  • Worked at the Bureau of Forestry to finance his studies in spite of his parents' capability to send him to school.
  • Obtained the second highest grade in the bar exam.
  • One of his professors in his Law courses was U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and U.S. President William Howard Taft.
  • Author of a book about law, the Constitutional Law of the Philippines.
  • Was temporary Chairman of the Constitutional Convention before the election of its president Ciaro M. Recto.
  • One of the so-called Seven Wise Men who studied the Constitution.
  • Was Assistant Secretary and later Secretary of the Interior in 1922.
  • Was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1936.
  • Spoke at the Congress for the interest of the Japanese upon his return from Tokyo Imperial University in Japan.
  • Was president of the Japanese-Sponsored Philippine Republic during the Japanese Regime.
  • Arrested through the order of Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur for collaboration and was jailed at Sugamo Prison near Tokyo, Japan.
  • Was tried with some Filipinos who were suspected of conniving with the Japanese by a court of the people after the return of the Philippine Commonwealth.
  • Bested the twenty candidates for senator under the reign of Quirino.
  • Tasked by President Magsaysay to head, the Economic Mission where the Laurel-Langley Agreement, an agreement on trade and industry, was reached.
  • Was Chancellor of the National Teachers College and founded the National Economic Development Authority.
  • Founded the Lyceum of the Philippines in Intramuros and the Philippine Banking Corporation.
 
 

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