Today, on March 2, 1847 (Philippines):
The first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (under American Civil Government) was born in Orion, Bataan. An amazing story of an orphan who started off as a Friar’s errand boy, to Chief Justice. He served from 1901-1920, making him the Philippine’s longest service Chief Justice of the highest court.
At 15 years-old, he graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelors in Philosophy and another in Theology, and continued studying law. From there, he went on to become a council member of Ayuntamiento, while still under Spanish Colonial rule. However, after the Americans took over, he helped Governor-General William Taft organize local governments to support American colonial rule.
He and several others testified before the Schurman Commission (the First Philippine Commission on the future of the Philippines relating to its sovereignty) that the Philippines was not ready to be on their own; however, they created the Federalista Party to promote annexation from the U.S.
Arellano died on December 23, 1920 (73).
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