Full Name: Manuel Roxas y Acuña
Profession: 5th President of the Philippines
Why Famous: Manuel Roxas was the last president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines (elected 1946) and the first of the sovereign Philippine Republic, overseeing the country's transition to independence from the United States of America.
Although independent, the Philippines and Roxas' administration was still very reliant on US financial support and Roxas was able to negotiate rehabilitation funds to rebuild the country. In return he granted 99 year leases on 23 American bases. His administration was further marked by corruption and violent attempts to put down some opposition.
He died of a heart attack in just his 2nd year of office.
- 1946-05-28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines
- 1946-07-04 President Manuel Roxas inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand, Manila
- 1948-01-28 President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators