List of presidents of the Philippines

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Malacañang Palace in Manila is the official residence of the president.[note 1] Built in 1750, it has become a prominent symbol of and metonym for the office.

Under the Constitution of the Philippines, the president of the Philippines (Filipino: Pangulo ng Pilipinas) is both the head of state and government, and serves as the commander-in-chief of the country's armed forces.[4][5] The president is directly elected by qualified voters to a six-year term and must be "a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election". Any person who has served as president for more than six years is barred from eligibility. Upon resignation, or removal from office, the vice president assumes the post.[6]


Emilio Aguinaldo became the inaugural president of the Philippines under the Malolos Republic, considered the First Philippine Republic.[7][note 2] He held that office until 1901 when he was captured by United States forces during the Philippine–American War (1899–1902).[4] The American colonization of the Philippines abolished the First Republic,[12] which led to an American governor-general exercising executive power.[19]

In 1935, the United States, pursuant to its promise of full Philippine sovereignty,[20] established the Commonwealth of the Philippines following the ratification of the 1935 Constitution, which also restored the presidency. The first national presidential election was held,[note 3] and Manuel L. Quezon (1935–44) was elected to a six-year term, with no provision for re-election,[5] as the second Philippine president and the first Commonwealth president.[note 2] In 1940, however, the Constitution was amended to allow re-election but shortened the term to four years.[4] A change in government occurred three years later when the Second Philippine Republic was organized with the enactment of the 1943 Constitution, which Japan imposed after it occupied the Philippines in 1942 during World War II.[23] José P. Laurel acted as puppet president of the new Japanese-sponsored government;[24] his de facto presidency,[25] not legally recognized until the 1960s,[11] overlapped with that of the president of the Commonwealth, which went into exile. The Second Republic was dissolved after Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945; the Commonwealth was restored in the Philippines in the same year with Sergio Osmeña (1944–46) as president.[4]

Manuel Roxas (1946–1948) followed Osmeña when he won the first post-war election in 1946. He became the first president of the independent Philippines when the Commonwealth ended on July 4 of that year. The Third Republic was ushered in and would cover the administrations of the next five presidents, the last of which was Ferdinand Marcos (1965–86),[4] who performed a self-coup by imposing martial law in 1972.[26] The dictatorship of Marcos saw the birth of the New Society (Filipino: Bagong Lipunan) and the Fourth Republic. His tenure lasted until 1986 when he was deposed in the People Power Revolution. The current constitution came into effect in 1987, marking the beginning of the Fifth Republic.[4]

Of the individuals elected as president, three died in office: two of natural causes (Manuel L. Quezon[27] and Manuel Roxas[28]) and one in a plane crash (Ramon Magsaysay, 1953–57[29]). The longest-serving president is Ferdinand Marcos with 20 years and 57 days in office; he is the only president to have served more than two terms. The shortest is Sergio Osmeña, who spent 1 year and 300 days in office.

Two women have held the office: Corazon Aquino (1986–92), who ascended to the presidency upon the successful People Power Revolution of 1986, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001–10), who, as vice president, ascended to the presidency upon Estrada's resignation and was elected to a full six-year term in 2004.


No. Portrait Name
Party Term Election Vice president Era
Emilio Aguinaldo ca. 1919 (Restored).jpg
Emilio Aguinaldo
None January 23, 1899 – March 23, 1901[a]

(2 years, 59 days)

1899 None[b] First Republic
None[c] August 14, 1898 – July 4, 1902

(3 years, 324 days)

[d] None U.S. Military Government
July 4, 1901 – November 15, 1935

(34 years, 134 days)

U.S. Insular Government
ML Quezon.jpg
Manuel L. Quezon
Nacionalista Party
Nationalist Party
November 15, 1935 – August 1, 1944[e]

(8 years, 260 days)

1935 Sergio Osmeña Commonwealth
Jose P. Laurel (cropped).jpg
Jose P. Laurel
Association for Service to the New Philippines
October 14, 1943 – August 17, 1945[f]

(1 year, 307 days)

1943 None[b] Second Republic
Sergio Osmena photo.jpg
Sergio Osmeña
Nacionalista Party
Nationalist Party
August 1, 1944 – May 28, 1946

(1 year, 300 days)

1941 Vacant[g] Commonwealth
Manuel Roxas 2.jpg
Manuel Roxas
Liberal Party May 28, 1946 – April 15, 1948[e]

(1 year, 323 days)

1946 Elpidio Quirino
Third Republic
Elpidio R Quirino.jpg
Elpidio Quirino
Liberal Party April 17, 1948 – December 30, 1953
(5 years, 257 days)
1949 Fernando Lopez
Ramon Magsaysay
Nacionalista Party
Nationalist Party
December 30, 1953 – March 17, 1957[e]

(3 years, 77 days)

1953 Carlos P. Garcia
Carlos P Garcia photo.jpg
Carlos P. Garcia
Nacionalista Party
Nationalist Party
March 18, 1957 – December 30, 1961
(4 years, 287 days)
1957 Diosdado Macapagal
Diosdado Macapagal photo.jpg
Diosdado Macapagal
Liberal Party December 30, 1961 – December 30, 1965

(4 years, 0 days)

1961 Emmanuel Pelaez
Ferdinand E Marcos (cropped).jpg
Ferdinand Marcos
Nacionalista Party
Nationalist Party
December 30, 1965 – February 25, 1986[h]
(20 years, 57 days)
1965 Fernando Lopez
None[b] Martial Law
New Society
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
New Society Movement
1981 Vacant[j] Fourth Republic
Corazon Aquino 1986.jpg
Corazon Aquino
United Nationalist Democratic Organization February 25, 1986 – June 30, 1992
(6 years, 126 days)
1986 Salvador Laurel Provisional Government
Independent Fifth Republic
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Fidel V. Ramos
People Power-National Union of Christian Democrats
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998

(6 years, 0 days)

1992 Joseph Estrada
President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada, Argentine President Menem (cropped).jpg
Joseph Estrada
(born 1937)
Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino
Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001[k]

(2 years, 204 days)

1998 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
President Arroyo (06-14-2006).jpg
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
(born 1947)
People Power-Christian Muslim Democrats
January 20, 2001 – June 30, 2010

(9 years, 161 days)

Teofisto Guingona Jr.
2004 Noli de Castro
Benigno "Noynoy" S. Aquino III.jpg
Benigno Aquino III
Liberal Party June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016

(6 years, 0 days)

2010 Jejomar Binay
16 President Rodrigo Duterte portrait (cropped).jpg Rodrigo Duterte
(born 1945)
Philippine Democratic Party-People's Power
June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2022

(6 years, 0 days)

2016 Leni Robredo
17 Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr (cropped).jpg Bongbong Marcos
(born 1957)
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas
Federal Party of the Philippines
June 30, 2022 – incumbent

(342 days)

2022 Sara Duterte


Bongbong MarcosRodrigo DuterteBenigno Aquino IIIGloria Macapagal ArroyoJoseph EstradaFidel RamosCorazon AquinoFerdinand MarcosDiosdado MacapagalCarlos P. GarciaRamon MagsaysayElpidio QuirinoManuel RoxasSergio OsmeñaJosé P. LaurelManuel L. QuezonEmilio Aguinaldo

Unofficial presidents[edit]

Andrés Bonifacio is considered by some historians to be the first president of the Philippines. He was the third Supreme President (Spanish: Presidente Supremo; Tagalog: Kataastaasang Pangulo) of the Katipunan secret society. Its Supreme Council, led by the Supreme President, coordinated provincial and district councils. When the Katipunan went into open revolt in August 1896 (the Cry of Balintawak), Bonifacio transformed it into a revolutionary government with him as president. While the term Katipunan remained, Bonifacio's government was also known as the Tagalog Republic (Tagalog: Republika ng Katagalugan; Spanish: Republica Tagala). (Although the word Tagalog refers to a specific ethnicity, Bonifacio used it to denote all indigenous people in the Philippines in place of Filipino which had colonial origins.)[30][31][32][33][34]

Some historians contend that including Bonifacio as a past president would imply that Macario Sakay and Miguel Malvar y Carpio should also be included.[35] Miguel Malvar y Carpio continued Emilio Aguinaldo's leadership of the First Philippine Republic after the latter's capture until his own capture in 1902. Macario Sakay revived the Tagalog Republic in 1902 as a continuation of Bonifacio's Katipunan. They are both considered by some scholars as "unofficial presidents". Along with Bonifacio, Malvar and Sakay are not recognized as presidents by the Philippine government.[36][37]

Emilio Aguinaldo is officially recognized as the first president of the Philippines, but this is based on his term of office during the Malolos Republic, later known as the First Philippine Republic. Prior to this Aguinaldo had held the presidency of several revolutionary governments which are not counted in the succession of Philippine republics.

Manuel L. Quezon delegated his presidential duties to José Abad Santos, the then Chief Justice, when the former fled the Philippines amidst Japanese occupation of the islands to establish a government-in-exile. He is believed to have in effect become the acting president of the Philippine Commonwealth though no legal document has been retrieved detailing the official transfer of the title of President to Abad Santos.[38]


Portrait Name
Party Term Vice President Government
Took office Left office
Andrés Bonifacio photo (cropped).jpg
Andres Bonifacio
None August 24, 1896[l] March 22, 1897[m]
May 10, 1897[n]
None Sovereign Tagalog Nation
Emilio Aguinaldo ca. 1919 (Restored).jpg
Emilio Aguinaldo
None March 22, 1897[o] November 1, 1897[p] Mariano Trias Tejeros revolutionary government
November 2, 1897[q] December 14, 1897[r] Republic of Biak-na-Bato
May 24, 1898 June 23, 1898 [s] Dictatorial Government
June 23, 1898[t][42] January 23, 1899[u] Revolutionary Government
Francisco Maabulos.jpg Francisco Makabulos
(1871 – 1922)
None April 17, 1898 May 19, 1898[v] None Central Executive Committee
Miguel malvar PG.jpg Miguel Malvar
None April 1, 1901[w] April 16, 1902[x] None[b] First Republic
Macario Sacay.jpg
Macario Sakay
May 6, 1902[y] July 14, 1906[z] Francisco Carreón Tagalog Republic
José Abad Santos
(1886 –1942)
Independent March 17, 1942 May 2, 1942 None Commonwealth
Jouge B. Vargas and his daughter (cropped).jpg
Jorge Bartolome Vargas
Association for Service to the New Philippines
January 23, 1942 October 14, 1943 None Philippine Executive Commission
Arturo Tolentino.jpg
Arturo Tolentino
(1910 –2004)
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
New Society Movement
July 6, 1986[aa] July 8, 1986 None Fourth Republic


Jorge B. VargasJosé Abad SantosTagalog Republic#Sakay's RepublicMiguel MalvarFirst Philippine RepublicHistory of the Philippines (1898–1946)#Philippine declaration of independence and establishment of Philippine governmentsHistory of the Philippines (1898–1946)#Philippine declaration of independence and establishment of Philippine governmentsCentral Executive Committee (Philippines)Republic of Biak-na-BatoTejeros ConventionAndres Bonifacio


  1. ^ The president has three official residences, with the Malacañang Palace Complex as the principal abode and workplace.[1] The others are Mansion House in Baguio, the official summer residence,[2] and Malacañang sa Sugbo, the official residence in Cebu.[3]
  2. ^ a b In chronological order, the presidents started with Manuel L. Quezon,[8] who was then succeeded by Sergio Osmeña as the second president,[9] until the recognition of Emilio Aguinaldo[10] and José P. Laurel's[11] presidencies in the 1960s.[subnote 1][subnote 2] With Aguinaldo as the first president and Laurel as the third, Quezon and Osmeña are thus listed as the second and the fourth, respectively.[4][18]
  3. ^ Emilio Aguinaldo, the official first president, was elected by the Malolos Congress and not by popular vote.[21][22]


  1. ^ The Malolos Republic, an independent revolutionary state that is actually the first constitutional republic in Asia,[12][13] remained unrecognized by any country[14][15] until the Philippines acknowledged the government as its predecessor,[16] which it also calls the First Philippine Republic.[12][10][17] Aguinaldo was consequently counted as the country's first president.[7][10]
  2. ^ The Second Republic was later declared by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as a de facto, illegitimate government on September 17, 1945.[11] Its laws were considered null and void;[4][11] despite this, Laurel was included in the official roster of Philippine presidents in the 1960s.[11]

Other notes

  1. ^ Term started at the inauguration of the First Republic, and ended with Aguinaldo's capture in Palanan.
  2. ^ a b c d The constitution at this time did not create an office of the vice president.
  3. ^ Executive authority was held by American Governors-General; from July 1, 1901, to July 1, 1902, the civil and military governor served concurrently.
  4. ^ Appointed by the president of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate.
  5. ^ a b c Died in office.
  6. ^ Term started with the inauguration of the Second Republic, and ended with Laurel's declaration of its dissolution.
  7. ^ a b c The constitution at this time did not mandate a selection of a new vice president after the erstwhile vice president becomes president.
  8. ^ Ousted after the People Power Revolution, and fled the country afterwards.
  9. ^ a b This was a referendum asking the electorate if the incumbent president should remain in office.
  10. ^ A plebiscite in 1984 approved the recreation of the office of the vice president, but an election was not called until 1986.
  11. ^ Ousted after the Second EDSA Revolution; later declared as resigned by the Supreme Court.
  12. ^ Term began when Bonifacio declared the establishment of the Tagalog Republic.
  13. ^ Term ended after the Tejeros Convention.
  14. ^ Executed for treason by Aguinaldo's government; Bonifacio did not recognize its validity and still acted as president.
  15. ^ Term was established at the Tejeros Convention; Aguinaldo took his oath of office the day after (March 23), but did not fully assume the office until late April 1897.
  16. ^ Term ended with the establishment of the Republic of Biak-na-Bato.
  17. ^ Term began after the establishment of the Republic of Biak-na-Bato.
  18. ^ Term ended when Aguinaldo signed the Pact of Biak-na-Bato.
  19. ^ Term ended when Aguinaldo shifted from dictatorial to revolutionary government.
  20. ^ Term began with the [ declaration of a revolutionary government replacing the dictatorship.
  21. ^ Term ended with the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic.
  22. ^ Term ended upon the return of Aguinaldo, who established a dictatorship.
  23. ^ Term began when Malvar presumptively assumed the presidency after the capture of Aguinaldo.
  24. ^ Term ended when Malvar surrendered in Batangas.
  25. ^ Term began when Sakay declared the establishment of the Tagalog Republic (in the tradition of Bonifacio instead of Aguinaldo).
  26. ^ Term ended when Sakay surrendered as part of an amnesty; he was executed a year later.
  27. ^ The running-mate of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the February 1986 presidential election. Proclaimed himself as acting president in a coup attempt.


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