The Philippine Government

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The Dictatorial Government of 1898
In the wake of his military victories, Aguinaldo decided that it was time to establish a Filipino government. He had with him when he arrived from Hongkong a
draft of a plan prepared by Mariano Ponce for the establishment of a revolutionary government: Consul Wildman, however, had advised Aguinaldo earlier to establish a dictatorial government which later on could be the nucleus of a republican government similar to that of the United States. Probably because the critical times demanded a government with a strong executive, Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, Aguinaldo's adviser, told him to form a dictatorial government.
Consequently, Aguinaldo made known his intention of establishing such a form of government when he announced, in the morning of May 24, 1898, that he was assuming "command of all the troops in the struggle for the attainment of our lofty aspirations, inaugurating a dictatorial government to be administered by decrees promulgated under my sole responsibility..."
Later in the day, he issued a decree formally establishing the Dictatorial Government. The decree nullified the orders issued under the authority of the Biyak-na-Bato republic and asserted that the Dictatorial Government was temporary in nature, "so that, when peace shall have been reestablished and our legitimate aspiration for unrestricted liberty attained, it may be modified by the nation, in which rests the principle of authority."
 

Contents

Articles
1
The Politics of the Philippines
67
Reynato Puno
75
Executive Branch
89
The Presidents of the Philippines List of Philippine presidential inaugurations List of Presidents of the Philippines List of Unofficial Presidents of the ...
131
The Vice Presidents Vice President of the Philippines List of Vice Presidents of the Philippines List of Philippine Vice Presidents by time in office List...
183
Cabinet Cabinet government
199
Legislative Branch Legislature Congress of the Philippines Senate of the Philippines House of Representatives of the Philippines Juan Ponce Enrile
205
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
269
The Ombudsman
289
149
299
158
318
207
319
246
320
Article Licenses
327
289
342

Feliciano Belmonte
207

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