Tomas Cabili

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Tomas Cabili
Senator tomas lluisma cabili.jpg
Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines
In office
February 27, 1945 – July 11, 1945
Appointed by Sergio Osmeña
Preceded by Vacant[1]
Post last held by Basilio Valdez
Succeeded by Alfredo Montelibano
Senator of the Philippines
In office
May 25, 1946 – December 30, 1955
Majority leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
President Manuel Roxas
Elpidio Quirino
Preceded by Melecio Arranz
Succeeded by Cipriano Primicias
Member of the Philippine National Assembly from Lanao's Lone District
In office
November 15, 1935 – December 30, 1941
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Salvador T. Lluch
Personal details
Born (1903-03-07)March 7, 1903
Iligan, Lanao Province (now Lanao del Norte), Philippine Islands
Died March 17, 1957(1957-03-17) (aged 54)
Mount Manunggal, Cebu, Philippines
Political party Liberal Party

Tomas Lluisma Cabili (March 7, 1903 – March 17, 1957) was a lawyer, journalist, educator, and assemblyman from Lanao. He is also known as Sultan Dimasangkay-ko-Ranao for Maranaos.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Iligan, Lanao Province (now Lanao del Norte) on March 7, 1903 to Guillermo Cabili and Efifania H. Lluisma.

He studied at Iligan Primary School, (1911–1915) and Iligan Elementary School (1915–1918). He enrolled in four different schools to complete his secondary education from 1919 to 1923; the Zamboanga Provincial High School (1919–1920), Cebu High School (1920–1921), Silliman Institute (1921–1922), and Cebu Provincial High School (1922–1923).

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Philippines – Cebu in 1925, then pursued a law course at the Visayan Institute, also in Cebu, from 1925 to 1927. He transferred to the Philippine College of Law, where he completed his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1929. After he graduated, he was made instructor in the College of Law and Liberal Arts of the Visayan Institute from 1929 to 1930.

During his early years of school, he was brilliant as a student, distinguishing himself as an orator when he won the Osmeña Medal in an oratorical contest. He also won the first prize Jocson Medal in an annual debate in the Philippine Law School.


He was a senator of the Advertiser and later member of the staff of Cebu's The Freeman from 1924 to 1926. He was a correspondent of the National News Service between 1930 and 1932; and again from 1933 up to his election to the First National Assembly; and as a Lanao correspondent for the DMIM papers and the Graphic.

After he passed the bar examinations, he practiced law in his home province.

Political career[edit]

In 1934, he was appointed Justice of the Peace of the 17th Municipal District of Lanao and Acting Justice of the Peace of Dansalan, Lanao. In the same year, he became a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was the only delegate that did not sign the 1935 Philippine Constitution, which was ratified on February 8, 1935.

In the 1935 general elections, he was elected assemblyman for his district in the First National Assembly. He served on the committees on agriculture, codes, franchises, provincial and municipal government, national language, public instruction, Mindanao and special provinces, appropriations, civil service, and public lands.

In 1938, he was reelected to the Second National Assembly. He was later designated to chairmanship of the Committee on Privileges and member of the committees on agriculture, appropriations, forest, Mindanao and Special provinces, and national companies.

He was part of the guerrilla resistance movement during the Japanese occupation.

He had a short stint as Secretary of National Defense from February 27 to July 11, 1945 under Sergio Osmeña. He was later elected to the Senate in 1946 placing on Top 12. He was reelected in 1949 and served until 1955.


He died along with President Ramon Magsaysay and 23 others on a plane crash on March 17, 1957 at Mount Manunggal in Balamban, Cebu.


  • A barangay in Iligan City was renamed after him on March 16, 1982. Barangay Tominobo Proper became Barangay Tomas L. Cabili.
  • There was a camp of Philippine National Police in Barangay Tipanoy, Iligan City named after him.


  1. ^ Vacant because of World War II and the Commonwealth government fled to the United States.
Preceded by
Basilio Valdes
Philippine Secretary of National Defense
February 27, 1945 – July 11, 1945
Succeeded by
Alfredo Montelibano