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The Malolos
Congress or formally known as the "National Assembly" of representatives was the constituent assembly of the First Philippine Republic. It met at the Barasoain Church
Barasoain Church
in Malolos, Bulacan.[1] It drafted the Malolos
Constitution. The Congress was not much more than a decoration.[1] "That is to show to the foreign correspondents that we Filipinos are civilized, but the bulk of the work in nation building were done at the Malolos
Cathedral by the executive branch of government led by President Emilio Aguinaldo, who was in command of the army fighting the Americans", said attorney Cris Santiago, past president of the historical society of Bulacan
(known as Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan
or Sampaka).[1]


1 Political Constitution 2 Sessions 3 Legislation

3.1 Major legislation 3.2 Malolos

4 Leadership

4.1 Council of Government (Cabinet) Members

5 Members (Representatives) 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links 10 Further reading

Political Constitution[edit] Main article: Malolos
Constitution Following the declaration of independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 and transformation of the dictatorial government to a revolutionary government on 23 June, the Malolos
Congress election was held between June 23 and September 10. On 15 September 1898, the revolutionary congress convened in Barasoain Church
Barasoain Church
in Malolos
(now Malolos
City, Bulacan) with Pedro Paterno
Pedro Paterno
as president and Gregorio S. Araneta as vice president.[2] On 29 September, the 12 June Declaration of independence was ratified.[3] The congress then decided to draft a Constitution, a decision opposed by Apolinario Mabini, the Prime Minister of the revolutionary government (President of the Council of Government).[3] The resulting Malolos
was ratified on November 29, 1898, signed into law on December 23, approved on January 20, 1899, sanctioned by President Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
on January 21, and promulgated on January 22.[4][5] The document states that the people have exclusive sovereignty. It states basic civil rights, separated the church from the state, and called for the creation of an Assembly of Representatives (A.K.A. National Assembly) which would act as the legislature. It also calls for a parliamentary republic as the form of government with the president elected for a term of four years by a majority of the Assembly.[6] Sessions[edit]

Regular Session: September 15, 1898 – November 13, 1899

Session: February 4, 1899

Legislation[edit] Major legislation[edit]

Legislation Enactment Ratification

Declaration of Independence[7] June 12, 1898 September 29, 1898

Declaration of War against the United States[8] June 2, 1899 June 2, 1899

Constitution[edit] Main article: Malolos


Approved Promulgated

January 21, 1899 January 22, 1899


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President of the Revolutionary Government/First Philippine Republic:

Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
y Fámy

Prime Minister
Prime Minister
of the Revolutionary Government/First Philippine Republic (President of the Council of Government):

Apolinario M. Mabini Pedro A. Paterno elected on May 7, 1899

President of the National Assembly (of Representatives):

Atty. Pedro A. Paterno - Pedro A. Paterno of Santa Cruz, Manila

Vice President of the National Assembly (of Representatives):

Gregorio Araneta

Secretaries of the National Assembly (of Representatives):

Atty. Pablo Roque Tecson - Pablo Roque Tecson: Atty. Pablo R. Tecson of Balanga, Bataan
Balanga, Bataan
and Atty. Pablo de Leon Ocampo: Pablo Ocampo of Quiapo, Manila.

Council of Government (Cabinet) Members[edit]

Office Name Term

President of the Cabinet[9][10][11][10] Apolinario Mabini January 2 — May 7, 1899[11]

Pedro Paterno May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Secretary of Foreign Affairs[9][10] Apolinario Mabini October 1, 1898 — May 7, 1899[11]

Secretary of the Interior[9][10] Teodoro Sandico January 2 — May 7, 1899[11]

Secretary of Finance[9][10] Mariano Trías January 2 — May 7, 1899[11]

Hugo Ilagan May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Severino de las Alas May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Secretary of War and Marine[9][10] Baldomero Aguinaldo July 15, 1898 — May 7, 1899[11]

Mariano Trías May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Secretary of Justice Gregorio Araneta September 2, 1898 — May 7, 1899[11]

Secretary of Welfare[9][10][b] Gracio Gonzaga January 2 — May 7, 1899[11]

Felipe Buencamino May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Maximo Paterno May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]

Secretary of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce[9][10] Leon Maria Guerrero May 7 — November 13, 1899[11][a]


^ a b c d e f g Several sources assert that shortly after installation of the Paterno cabinet, General Antonio Luna
Antonio Luna
arrested Paterno and some or all of the cabinet secretaries.[12][13] At least one source asserts that the Mabini cabinet was reinstalled after the arrests.[13] Another source asserts that those arrested were released on orders of President Aguinaldo, but does not provide any indication about whether the Mabini or the Paterno cabinet was in office after the release.[12] ^ In the Mabini cabinet, the Secretary of Welfare had responsibility for Public Instruction, Communications & Public Works, and Agriculture, Industry & Commerce.[11]

The cabinet only met in a few times in 1899.

Members (Representatives)[edit]

Soldiers of the Philippine Revolutionary Army
Philippine Revolutionary Army
during a session of the congress.

In 2006, engineer Marcial Aniag, president of the Bulacan
Historical Society, asserted that among the 85 delegates who convened in Malolos there were 43 lawyers, 17 doctors, five pharmacists, three educators, seven businessmen, four painters, three military men, a priest and four farmers.[1] Five of the 85 delegates did not have a college degree.[1]

Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
(seated, center) and ten of the delegates to the first Assembly of Representatives.

List of National Assembly Representatives (members) by province as of July 7, 1899.[14][15]

Province Elected Appointed

Manila 4 0

Batangas 4 0

Bulacan 4 0

Cavite 4 0

Camarines 4 0

Ilocos Sur 3 1

Ilocos Norte 6 0

Laguna 4 0

Pampanga 4 0

Pangasinan 2 2

Iloilo 0 4

Cebu 0 4

Leyte 0 4

Albay 4 1

Cagayan 1 2

Bataan 3 0

Isabela 2 1

La Union 1 2

Nueva Ecija 3 0

Tarlac 3 0

Zambales 2 1

Sorsogon 0 3

Negros Occidental 0 3

Negros Oriental 0 3

Samar 0 3

Capiz 0 3

Antigua** 0 3

Bohol 0 3

Zamboanga 0 3

Misamis 0 3

Calamianes*** 0 3

Masbate 0 3

Mindoro 1 2

Morong 2 0

Lepanto 3 0

Batanes Islands 1 1

Nueva Vizcaya 1 1

Abra 1 0

Padre Burgos (Benguet) 1 2

Catanduanes 0 2

Paragua*** 0 2

Palaos* 0 1

Totals 68 68

136[note 1]

*Modern-day Republic of Palau. **Renamed to Antique. ***Currently parts of Palawan, Paragua corresponding to mainland Palawan. See also[edit]

Congress of the Philippines Senate of the Philippines House of Representatives of the Philippines


^ a b Filipino historian Teodoro Agoncillo, in his book Malolos, numbered the delegates as of July 7, 1899 at 193 (42 elected and 151 appointed).[16]


^ a b c d e Balabo, Dino (December 10, 2006). "Historians: Malolos Congress produced best RP Constitution". Philippine Star. Retrieved 12 August 2013.  ^ Kalaw 1927, pp. 120, 124–125 ^ a b Kalaw 1927, p. 125. ^ Guevara 2005, p. 104. ^ Tucker, Spencer C. (2009). The encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars: a political, social, and military history. ABC-CLIO. pp. 364–365. ISBN 978-1-85109-951-1.  ^ a b Guevara, Sulpico, ed. (2005). The laws of the first Philippine Republic (the laws of Malolos) 1898-1899. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library (published 1972). pp. 104–119. Retrieved 2008-03-26. . (English translation by Sulpicio Guevara) ^ The Act of Declaration of Philippine Independence ^ "Pedro Paterno's Proclamation of War". MSC Schools, Philippines. June 2, 1899. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  ^ a b c d e f g Guevara, Sulpico, ed. (2005). "Title IX The Secretaries of Government". The laws of the first Philippine Republic (the laws of Malolos) 1898-1899. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library (published 1972). p. 115. Retrieved 2016-08-08.  ^ a b c d e f g h Tucker, Spencer (2009). The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO. p. [Spencer Tucker (2009). The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO. p. 496. ISBN 978-1-85109-951-1. ]. ISBN 978-1-85109-951-1.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Master List of Cabinet Members since 1899" (PDF). Philippine Government. Retrieved 2016-10-20.  ^ a b Constantino, Renato; Constantino, Letizia R. (1975). A History of the Philippines. NYU Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-85345-394-9.  ^ a b Golay, Frank H. (1997), Face of Empire: United States-Philippine relations, 1898-1946, Ateneo de Manila University Press, p. 50, ISBN 978-971-550-254-2  ^ Kalaw, Maximo M. (1927). "The development of Philippine politics". Oriental commercial: 121. Retrieved 2008-03-22.  (citing Volume II, Galley 2 of Major J. R. M. Taylor's translation and compilation of captured insurgent records (Taylor 1907)) ^ *War Department, Bureau of Insular Affairs (1907). "I. Telegraphic Correspondence of Emilio Aguinaldo, July 15, 1898 to February 28, 1899, Annotated" (PDF). In Taylor, John R.M. Compilation of Philippine Insurgent Records (archived from the original on 2008-10-03). Combined Arms Research Library. Retrieved 2008-03-10.  ^ Teodoro A. Agoncillo (1897), Malolos: The Crisis of the Republic, University of the Philippines
Press, pp. 224 and Appendix F (pp,658–663), ISBN 978-971-542-096-9 

External links[edit]

"History of the Senate". Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 2007-04-01.  "The LAWPHiL Project - Philippine Laws and Jurispudance Databank". Arellano Law Foundation. Retrieved 2006-09-16. 

Further reading[edit]

Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library Corazon L. Paras. (2000). The Presidents of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. Quezon City: Giraffe Books. ISBN 971-8832-24-6.  Pobre, Cesar P. (2000). Philippine Legislature
100 Years. Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publ. ISBN 971-92245-0-9. 

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