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President of the Philippines
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Presidential Standard
Presidential Seal
His Excellency (male)
Her Excellency (female)
Residence Malacañan Palace
Bahay Pangarap[1][2]
(de facto)
Seat Manila
Term length Six years
Constituting instrument 1987 Constitution of the Philippines
Inaugural holder Emilio Aguinaldo
Formation 22 March 1897
(de facto)
November 15, 1935
(de jure)[3]
Salary PhP 120,000 per month (Php 8,640,000 total at 6 year term as of 2012[note 1]

The President of the Philippines (Filipino: Pangulo ng Pilipinas) is the head of state and head of government of the Philippines. The President leads the executive branch of the Philippine government and is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The President of the Philippines in Filipino is referred to as Ang Pangulo or informally by the Spanish title, Presidente.


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Further information: List of Unofficial Presidents of the Philippines

Early Republics

Bonifacio's Tagalog Republic

Depending on the definition chosen for these terms, a number of persons could alternatively be considered the inaugural holder of the office. Andrés Bonifacio is considered by some historians to be the de facto first President of a united Philippines. He was the third Supreme President (Spanish: Presidente Supremo; Tagalog: Kataás-taasang Pangulo) of the Katipunan, a secret revolutionary society. Its Supreme Council, led by the Supreme President, coordinated provincial and district councils. When the Katipunan went into open revolt in August 1896, Bonifacio had transformed it into a de facto revolutionary government with him as its head. While the term Katipunan remained, Bonifacio's government was also known as the Tagalog Republic (Spanish: República Tagala). Although the word Tagalog refers to a specific ethno-linguistic group, Bonifacio used it to denote all indigenous peoples of the Philippines in place of Filipino, which had colonial origins. In place of the Spanish Filipinas he coined the Tagalog title, Haring Bayang Katagalugan ("Sovereign Tagalog Nation") for the new state.[8][9][10][11][12] Some historians contend that including Bonifacio as a past president would imply that Macario Sacay and Miguel Malvar should also be included.[13]

Aguinaldo's Government and the First Republic

In March 1897, Emilio Aguinaldo was elected president of a revolutionary government at the Tejeros Convention.[14] The new government was meant to replace the Katipunan as a government, though the latter was not formally abolished until 1899. Aguinaldo was again elected President at Biak-na-Bato in November, leading the Biak-na-Bato Republic. Exiled in Hong Kong after the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, with the advent of the Spanish-American War he returned to the Philippines to renew revolutionary activities and formed a dictatorial government on May 24, 1898. Revolutionary forces under his command declared independence on June 12, 1898. On June 23, 1898, Aguinaldo transformed his dictatorial government into a revolutionary government. On January 23, 1899, he was then elected President of the Philippine Republic (Spanish: República Filipina), a government constituted by the Malolos Congress. Thus, this government is also called the Malolos Republic. Sovereignty over the Philippines passed from Spain to the United States with the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Spanish-American War. Aguinaldo's government effectively ceased to exist on April 1, 1901, when he pledged allegiance to the United States after being captured by U.S. forces in March. The current Philippine government, formally called the Republic of the Philippines, considers Emilio Aguinaldo to be the first President of the Philippines and the Malolos Republic as the "First" Philippine Republic.[15]

Other claimants

Miguel Malvar continued Aguinaldo's leadership of the Philippine Republic after the latter's capture until his own capture in 1902, while Macario Sakay founded a Tagalog Republic in 1902 as a continuing state of Bonifacio's Katipunan. They are both considered by some scholars as "unofficial presidents", and along with Bonifacio, are not recognised as Presidents by the government.[16][17]

American Occupation

Between 1901 and 1935, executive power in the Philippines was exercised by a succession of four American military Governors-General and eleven civil Governor-General.

Philippine Commonwealth

In October 1935, Manuel L. Quezon was elected the first President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, which had been established, still under United States sovereignty, under a constitution ratified on 14 May of that year. During its first five years, the President serves for an unrenewable six-year term. It was later amended in 1940 to a two limited four-year term. When President Quezon fled to the United States after the Philippines fell to the Empire of Japan in World War II, he appointed Chief Justice José Abad Santos as Acting President. Abad Santos was subsequently executed by the Imperial Japanese Army on 2 May 1942.

The Second Republic under the Japanese

On October 14, 1943, José P. Laurel became President under a constitution imposed by the Japanese occupation. Laurel, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, had been instructed to remain in the City of Manila by President Quezon, who fled to Corregidor and the United States via Australia to establish a government-in-exile in the United States.

When the combined American and Filipino troops has came to liberate the islands in 1945, Laurel officially dissolved the republic on August 17, 1945.

After World War II

The 1935 Constitution was restored after the Japanese surrender ended World War II, with Vice-President Sergio Osmeña as President, who have succeeded after Quezon's death in August 1, 1944. It remained in effect after the United States recognized the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines as a separate self-governing nation on 4 July 1946.

1973 Constitution

A new Constitution ratified on 17 January 1973 under the rule of Ferdinand E. Marcos introduced a parliamentary-style government. Marcos instituted himself as the Prime Minister while serving as President in 1978. He later appointed a new Prime Minister in 1981.

This Constitution was in effect until the People Power Revolution of 1986 toppled Marcos' 21-year authoritarian regime and replaced him with Corazon C. Aquino.

Fifth Republic

Using reserve powers, President Aquino herself promulgated Presidential Proclamation № 3 on 25 March 1986, which was provisional in nature and abolished many provisions of the 1973 Constitution that were associated with the Marcos Era, including the abolition of the office of the Prime Minister. This was superseded on 2 February 1987 by the present Constitution.

Other issues

Both Bonifacio and Aguinaldo might be considered to have been an inaugural president of an insurgent government. Quezon was the inaugural president of a predecessor state to the current one, while Aquino, mère, was the inaugural president of the currently-constituted government.

The government considers Aguinaldo to have been the first President of the Philippines, followed by Quezon and his successors.[15][18] Despite the differences in constitutions and government, the line of presidents is considered to be continuous. For instance, the current president, Benigno S. Aquino III, is considered to be the 15th president.

While the government may consider Aguinaldo as the first president, the First Republic fell under the United States' jurisdiction due to the 1898 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War; the United States thus does not consider his tenure to have been legitimate.[15][19] Manuel L. Quezon is considered to be the first president by the United States and the first to win an election.

Laurel's position

As with many other Axis-occupied countries in World War II, the Philippines had at one point two presidents heading two governments. One was Quezon and the Commonwealth government-in-exile in Washington, D.C. (considered de jure), and the other was Manila-based Laurel heading the Japanese-sponsored Second Republic (considered de facto). Notably, Laurel was himself instructed to remain in Manila by President Quezón. Laurel was not formally recognised as a President until the rule of Diosdado Macapagal, and this is still the case today. His inclusion in the official list coincided with the movement of Independence Day from 4 July (commemorating sovereignty in 1946) to 12 June (anniversary of the proclamation of the First Republic).

The inclusion of Laurel thus causes some problems in determining the order of Presidents. It is inaccurate to call Laurel as Osmeña's successor or vice-versa, as Laurel's Second Republic was formally rejected after World War II, and none of its actions were considered legal or binding. Quezon, Osmeña, and Roxas were three in a contiguous line according to the 1935 Constitution, while Laurel was the only President of the Second Republic (which had a separate charter). Thus, Laurel has neither predecessor nor successor, while Osmeña succeeded Quezon after the latter's death, and was in turn succeeded by Roxas as President of the Third Republic.


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Powers and duties

Chief Executive

Under Article 7, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution, the President heads the Executive branch of the government, which includes the Cabinet and all executive departments. The executive power, as such, is vested on the President alone.[5]

Section 19 gives the President power to grant reprieves, commutations, and pardons, and remit fines and forfeitures, after conviction by final judgment, except when the President is under impeachment.[5]

Section 20 provides the President to contract or guarantee foreign loans on behalf of the Republic of the Philippines with the prior concurrence of the Monetary Board, and subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.[5]

The President exercises general supervision over local government units.


Article 7 Section 18 of the Constitution: "the President is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. As Commander-in-Chief, the President can call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion. In case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, he or she may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law.[5]

Power of appointment

The President appoints, with consent of the Commission on Appointments, members of the Constitutional Commissions, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, or officers of the armed forces from the rank of colonel or naval captain, and other officers whose appointments are vested in the President in the Constitution. The members of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President, based on a list prepared by the Judicial and Bar Council. These need not the consent of the Commission on Appointments.

Government agencies

The Office of the President also has attached government agencies under it. It includes agencies such as the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission (Philippines). These agencies are not under the different cabinet departments and are under the direct supervision of the President.

Selection process


Under Article 7, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Philippines, in order to serve as President, one must be:

  • at least 40 years old and above;
  • a registered voter, single or married;
  • able to read and write;
  • male or female a Filipino citizen by birth; and
  • a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding election.[5]

A person who meets the above qualifications is still disqualified from holding the office of president under any of the following conditions:

  • Under Article 7, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution, a person who has already been elected President is automatically ineligible to the same office. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years is likewise forbidden from being re-elected to a second term.


Under Article 6, Section 8 of the Constitution mandates that election of the President be done by direct vote every second Monday of May, unless otherwise provided by law.

The returns of every election for President and Vice-President, duly certified by the board of canvassers of each province or city, shall be transmitted to Congress, directed to the President of the Senate. Upon receipt of the certificates of canvass, the President of the Senate shall open all the certificates in the presence of a joint public session of Congress not later than 30 days after election day. Congress then canvasses the votes upon determining that the polls are authenticity and were done in the manner provided by law.

The person with the highest number of votes is declared the winner, but in case two or more have the highest number of votes, the President is elected by a majority of all Members of both Houses, voting separately.


The President of the Philippines usually takes the Oath of Office at noon of 30 June following the Presidential election

Traditionally, the Vice-President takes the Oath first, a little before noon. This is for two reasons: first, according to protocol, no one follows the President (who is last due to his supremacy), and second, to establish a constitutionally valid successor before the President-elect accedes. During the Quezon inauguration, however, the Vice-President and the Legislature were sworn in after the President, to symbolise a new start.

As soon as the President takes the Oath of Office, a 21-gun salute is fired to salute the new Philippine head of state, and the Presidential Anthem Mabuhay is played. The President delivers the Inaugural Address, and then proceeds to Malacañang Palace to climb the Grand Staircase, a ritual which symbolises the formal possession of the Palace. The President then inducts the newly formed Cabinet into office in one of the state rooms.

Custom has enshrined three places as the traditional venue for the Inauguration: Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan; in front of the old Legislative Building (now part of the National Museum) in Manila; or at Quirino Grandstand, where most have been held. In 2004, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her pre-Inaugural address at Quirino Grandstand, took the Oath of Office in Cebu City before Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., and the next day held the first Cabinet meeting in Butuan City. She broke with precedent, reasoning that she wanted to celebrate her Inauguration in each of the three main island groups of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Her first Inauguration also broke precedent as she was sworn in at the EDSA Shrine on 20 January 2001, during the EDSA Revolution of 2001 that removed Joseph Estrada from the Palace.

In the past, elections were held in November and the President's inauguration was held on 30 December (Rizal Day). This ensured that when the Inauguration was usually held at Quirino Grandstand, the new President could see the Rizal Monument on the day of his death anniversary. Ferdinand Marcos transferred the dates of both the elections and the Inauguration to May and June, respectively, and it remains so to this day.

The dress code at the modern Inaugural is traditional, formal Filipino clothing, which is otherwise loosely termed Filipiniana. Ladies must wear terno, baro't saya (the formal wear of other indigenous groups is permissible), while men don the Barong Tagalog. Non-FIlipinos at the ceremony may wear their respective versions of formal dress, but foreign diplomats have often been seen donning Filipiniana as a mark of cultural respect.

Oath of Office

Under Article VII, Section 5 of the Constitution, before the President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect enter into the execution of their offices, the President shall take the following Oath or affirmation:

I, [name], do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President [or Vice-President or Acting President] of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God.

[In case of affirmation, last sentence will be omitted.][20]

The Filipino text of the Oath was used for the inaugurations of Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Benigno Aquino III reads:

Matimtim kong pinanunumpaan (o pinatotohanan) na tutuparin ko nang buong katapatan at sigasig ang aking mga tungkulin bilang Pangulo (o Pangalawang Pangulo o Nanunungkulang Pangulo) ng Pilipinas, pangangalagaan at ipagtatanggol ang kanyang Konstitusyon, ipatutupad ang mga batas nito, magiging makatarungan sa bawat tao, at itatalaga ang aking sarili sa paglilingkod sa Bansa. Kasihan nawa ako ng Diyos.[21]

(Kapag pagpapatotoo, ang huling pangungusap ay kakaltasin.)[21]


Impeachment in the Philippines follows procedures similar to the United States. Under Sections 2 and 3, Article XI, Constitution of the Philippines, the House of Representatives of the Philippines has the exclusive power to initiate all cases of impeachment against the President, Vice President, members of the Supreme Court, members of the Constitutional Commissions (Commission on Elections,Civil Service Commission Commission on Audit), and the Ombudsman. When a third of its membership has endorsed the impeachment articles, it is then transmitted to the Senate of the Philippines which tries and decide, as impeachment tribunal, the impeachment case.[22] A main difference from US proceedings however is that only 1/3 of House members are required to approve the motion to impeach the President (as opposed to 50%+1 members in their US counterpart). In the Senate, selected members of the House of Representatives act as the prosecutors and the Senators act as judges with the Senate President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court jointly presiding over the proceedings. Like the United States, to convict the official in question requires that a minimum of 2/3 (i.e., 16 of 24 members) of the senate vote in favour of conviction. If an impeachment attempt is unsuccessful or the official is acquitted, no new cases can be filed against that impeachable official for at least one full year.

Impeachable offenses and officials

The 1987 Philippine Constitution says the grounds for impeachment include culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust. These offenses are considered "high crimes and misdemeanors" under the Philippine Constitution.

The President, Vice President, Supreme Court justices, and members of the Constitutional Commission and Ombudsman are all considered impeachable officials under the Constitution.

Impeachment proceedings and attempts

Joseph Estrada was the first Philippine president impeached by the House in 2000, but the trial ended prematurely due to outrage over a vote to open an envelope where that motion was narrowly defeated by his allies.

In 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, impeachment complaints were filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but none of the cases reached the required endorsement of 1/3 of the members for transmittal to, and trial by, the Senate.

Official title

The official title of the president is "President of the Philippines."[5] The title in Filipino is "Pangulo" The honorific for the President of the Philippines is "Your Excellency" or "His/Her Excellency", adopted from the title of the Governor-General of the Philippines during Spanish and American occupation. The term "President of the Republic of the Philippines", used under Japanese occupation of the Philippines distinguished the government of then-President José P. Laurel from the Commonwealth government in exile under President Manuel L. Quezon.[23] The restoration of the Commonwealth in 1945 and the subsequent independence of the Philippines title "President of the Philippines" sanctioned in the 1935 constitution.[24] The 1973 constitution, though generally referring to the president as "President of the Philippines" did, in Article XVII, Section 12, once used the term, "President of the Republic."[25] President Ferdinand E. Marcos proclaimed martial law in his Proclamation No. 1081 and consistently used the term "President of the Philippines."[26]

State of the nation address

The State of the Nation Address (abbreviated SONA) is an annual event in the Philippines, in which the President of the Philippines reports on the status of the nation, normally to the resumption of a joint session of the Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). This is a duty of the President as stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution:[5]


Tenure and term limits

The 1935 Constitution originally provided for a single six-year term for a president without re-election.[27] In 1940, however, the 1935 Constitution was amended and the term of the President (and Vice-President) was shortened to four years but allowed one re-election. Since the amendment was done, only Presidents Manuel L. Quezon (1941) and Ferdinand Marcos (1969) were re-elected. Presidents Sergio Osmeña (1946), Elpidio Quirino (1953), Carlos P. Garcia (1961) and Diosdado Macapagal (1965) all failed in seeking a new term.

However, in 1973, a new Constitution was promulgated and allowed then-incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos to seek a new term. In 1981, Marcos was again elected as President against Alejo Santos – making him the only President to be elected to a third term.[28]

Today, under Article 7, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, the term of the President shall begin at noon on the thirtieth day of June next following the day of the election and shall end at noon of the same date, six years thereafter. The incumbent President shall not be eligible for any re-election. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time.[29]


At the start of the term

Under Article 7, Section 7 of the Constitution of the Philippines, In case the president-elect fails to qualify, the Vice President-elect shall act as President until the President-elect shall have qualified.[5]

If at the beginning of the term of the President, the President-elect shall have died or shall have become permanently disabled, the Vice President-elect shall become President.[5]

Where no President and Vice President shall have been chosen or shall have qualified, or where both shall have died or become permanently disabled, the President of the Senate or, in case of his inability, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall act as President until a President or a Vice President shall have been chosen and qualified.[5]

During the term

Article 7, Sections 8 and 11 of the Constitution of the Philippines provide rules of succession to the presidency. In case of death, permanent disability, removal from office, or resignation of the President, the Vice President will become the President to serve the unexpired term. In case of death, permanent disability, removal from office, or resignation of both the President and Vice President; the President of the Senate or, in case of his inability, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall then act as President until the President or Vice-President shall have been elected and qualified.

The Congress shall, by law, provide who shall serve as President in case of death, permanent disability, or resignation of the Acting President. He shall serve until the President or the Vice President shall have been elected and qualified, and be subject to the same restrictions of powers and disqualifications as the Acting President.

The line of presidential succession as specified by Article 7, Section 10 of the Constitution of the Philippines are the Vice President, Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The current Presidential line of succession is:

# Name Position
1 Jejomar C. Binay Vice President
2 Franklin Drilon Senate President
3 Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. Speaker of the House
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Constitution does not name the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in the line of succession.
  • If the offices of both the President and the Vice President become vacant at the same time, Congress shall enact a law calling for special election. However, if the presidential election is 18 months away, no special election shall be called.

Privileges of office

Official residence

Main article: Malacañan Palace

Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines, to which they are entitled under Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution.[5] The Palace is located along the north bank of the Pasig River in the District of San Miguel, Manila.

The Filipino name is derived from the Tagalog phrase "may lakán diyán", ("there is a nobleman there"), and this was eventually shortened to Malakanyáng. There are two variant of the name in official use: "Malacañan" refers to the structure of the Palace, while "Malacañang" identifies the office of the President. The latter, along with the term "the Palace" ("ang Palasyo") are interchangeable, metonyms for the President and his household in colloquial speech and in the media.

Malacañang Palace is depicted on the reverse side of the 20-Peso bill in both the New Design and the present New Generation series.

Presidential residence

The actual residence of President Benigno S. Aquino III is Bahay Pangarap (English: House of Dreams),[2] a smaller structure located across the Pasig River from Malacañan Palace in Malacañang Park,[30] which is itself part of the Presidential Security Group Complex.[1][2] Aquino is the first President to live in Bahay Pangarap his official residence.[31][32]

Malacañang Park was originally built by former President Manuel L. Quezon as a rest house and venue for informal activities and social functions for the First Family.[2][32] The house was built and designed by architect Juan Arellano in the 1930s,[2][32] and underwent a number of renovations.[2] In 2008, the house was demolished and rebuilt in contemporary style by architect Conrad Onglao,[2][32] and a new swimming pool was built, replacing the Commonwealth Era one.[31][32] The house originally had one bedroom,[2] however, it was renovated for Aquino to have four bedrooms,[31] a guest room, a room for his household staff, and a room for his close-in security.[30] Malacañang Park was refurbished through the efforts of First Lady Eva Macapagal, the second wife of President Diosdado Macapagal, in the early 1960s.[32] Mrs. Macapagal renamed the rest house as Bahay Pangarap.[32]

Under Fidel V. Ramos, Bahay Pangarap was transformed into a clubhouse for the Malacañang Golf Club.[2] The house was subsequently used by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to welcome special guests.[2] Aquino fil made it clear before he assumed office that he refused to live in the main Palace, or in the nearby Arlegui Mansion (where he once lived during his mother's rule and where Ramos later stayed), stating that both are too big.[2] He lived in the Aquino family residence along Times Street, Quezon City in the first few days of his rule, though he transferred to Bahay Panagarap because it was deemed a security concern for his neighbours if he stayed in their small, 1970s home.[1]

Air transport

The 250th (Presidential) Airlift Wing of the Philippine Air Force has the mandate of providing safe and efficient air transport for the President of the Philippines and the First Family.  On occasion, the wing has also been tasked to provide transportation for other members of government, visiting heads of state, and other state guests.

The fleet includes: 1 Fokker F28, which is primarily used for the President's domestic trips and it is also called "Kalayaan One" when the President is on board, 4 Bell 412 helicopters, 3 Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, 1 Sikorsky S-70-5 Black Hawk, a number of Bell UH-1N Twin Hueys, as well as Fokker F-27 Friendships. For trips outside of the Philippines, the Air Force employs a Bombardier Global Express or charters appropriate aircraft from the country's flag carrier. Philippine Airlines. In 1962, the Air Force chartered aircraft from Pan American World Airways as the international services of Philippine Airlines were suspended. Pan Am later went defunct in 1991. For short-haul flights, PAL uses Airbus A320 when all its Boeing 737s were sold. For medium to long-haul flights, the airline's Airbus A340-300, Boeing 747-400, and the new Boeing 777 are used. Any PAL aircraft with the callsign PR 001 is a special plane operated by Philippine Airlines to transport the President of the Philippines.

A Presidential Helicopter Bell 412 crashed on 7 April 2009, in the mountainous Ifugao Province north of Manila. On board were eight people, including two Cabinet undersecretaries and several servicemen. The flight was en route to Ifugao from Baguio City as an advance party of President Macapagal-Arroyo, when the control tower at the now-defunct Loakan Airport lost communication with the craft several minutes after takeoff.

The Arroyo administration planned to buy another aircraft worth of about 1.2 Billion pesos before her term ended in June 2010,[33] but cancelled the purchase due to other issues.[34]

Water transport

Main article: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)

BRP Ang Pangulo (BRP stands for Barkó ng Repúblika ng Pilipinas, "Ship of the Republic of the Philippines"; "Ang Pangulo" is Filipino for "The President") was commissioned by the Philippine Navy on March 7, 1959. It was built in and by Japan during the administration of President García as part of Japanese reparations to the Philippines for World War II.[35] It is primarily used in entertaining guests of the incumbent President.

Land transport

The President of the Philippines uses two black and heavily armored Mercedes-Benz W221 S600 Guard, whereas one is a decoy vehicle. In convoys, the President is escorted by the Presidential Security Group using primarily Nissan Patrol SUVs with the combination of the following vehicles: Audi A6, BMW 7 Series, Chevrolet Suburban, Hyundai Equus, Hyundai Starex, Toyota Camry, Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Land Cruiser, Philippine National Police 400cc motorcycles, Philippine National Police Toyota Altis (Police car variant), other government-owned vehicles, and ambulances at the tail of the convoy; the number depends on the destination. The presidential cars are designated and registered a plate number of 1 or the word PANGULO (President). The limousine bears the Flag of the Philippines and, occasionally, the Presidential Standard.[36]

For regional trips, the President boards a Toyota Coaster or Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa or other vehicles owned by government-owned and controlled corporations or government agencies. In this case, the PSG escorts the President using local police cars with an ambulance at the tail of the convoy.

The incumbent President, Benigno Aquino III, prefers to use his personal vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 or his relative's Lexus LX-570 over the black Presidential limousines after their electronic mechanisms were damaged by floodwater. The Palace has announced its interest to acquire a new Presidential limousine.[37]

The Office of the President has also owned various cars over the decades, including a 1937 Chrysler Airflow that served as the country's very first Presidential limousine for Manuel L. Quezon.


The Presidential Security Group (abbreviated PSG), is the lead agency tasked with providing security for the President, Vice-President, and their immediate families. They also provide protective service for visiting heads of state and diplomats.

Unlike similar groups around the world who protect other political figures, the PSG is not required to handle presidential candidates. However, former Presidents and their immediate families are entitled to a small security detail from the PSG. Currently, the PSG uses Nissan Patrol SUVs as its primary security vehicles.

After the presidency

Many presidents held significant positions after leaving office. José P. Laurel, who was President of the Second Republic, served as Senator from 1951–1957. Laurel was elected to the Senate in 1951, under the Nacionalista Party, and was urged to run for President in 1953. He declined, working instead for the successful election of Ramón Magsaysay, who appointed Laurel head of a mission. The mission was tasked with negotiating trade and other issues with United States officials, and the result became known as the Laurel-Langley Agreement. Laurel was also the chairman of the Economic Mission to the United States (1954) and the founder of Lyceum of the Philippines University.[38]

Sergio Osmeña became member of the Council of State under Roxas, Quirino, Magsaysay and García. He was also a member of the National Security Council in the García administration.[39]

Elpidio Quirino also became a Councillor of State under President Magsaysay.[40]

Carlos P. García was a delegate, later elected, president of the Constitutional Convention on 11 July 1971.[41]

Diosdado Macapagal was also a delegate and then succeeded Carlos P. García as president of the 1971 Constitutional Convention. He also lectured in universities and later a Councillor of State under Presidents Aquino mère and Ramos.

Corazon C. Aquino was a member of the National Security Council under Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo. She was also a member of the Council of State under President Arroyo.

Fidel V. Ramos founded the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation. He was a senior advisor and member of the National Security Council under President Estrada. Ramos was a member of the Council of State and an Ambassador-at-Large under President Arroyo.

A former action star, Joseph Ejercito Estrada returned to film in November 2009, starring in Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round. He also announced his plan to run for a second term as President amid controversy on its legality. Estrada eventually became a member of the National Security Council under his successor, President Arroyo.[42][43][44] He is currently Mayor of the City of Manila.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is currently the Representative for 2nd District of Pampanga.[45]

As of June 30, 2010, there are three living former Presidents:

The most recent Presidential death was that of Corazon Aquino on 1 August 2009 due to cardiorespiratory arrest.

Among other honors, former Presidents and their immediate families are entitled to three soldiers as security detail.[46]

See also

Presidency of the Philippines portal



External links

  • Office of the President of the Philippines
  • The Presidential Museum and Library
  • 1987 Constitution of the Philippines
  • The Philippine Presidency Project
  • 'We Say Mabuhay' - The Anthem of the President of the Philippines
  • 'March of the President of the Philippines' (unofficial title) - song played when the President is given military honors by the AFP
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