President Manuel A. Roxas
President Manuel A. Roxas, the last President of the Commonwealth and First President of the Republic of the Philippines, served as a Brigadier General during World War II. An exemplary student in his days in the University of the Philippines, he embarked in a career in public service in both the executive and legislative branches.
As a Citizen soldier, he served in General MacArthur’s USAFFE Headquarters in Bataan and Corregidor, and finally in the Visayas and Mindanao. He returned to civil government service after the war, and destiny brought him to the highest office in the land.