Did You Know – First Philippine National Elections

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Did you know that the first national elections in the Philippines was held on September 16, 1935?

This was the fourth election since the enactment of the Tydings–McDuffie Act, a law that paved the way for a transitory government, as well as the first nationwide at-large election ever held in the Philippines.

The two leading Nationalist politicians—outgoing Senate President Manuel L. Quezon and former Senate president pro-tempore Sergio Osmeña—joined forces to form a powerhouse coalition ticket. They faced former President Emilio Aguinaldo and Raymundo Melliza, who ran under the National Socialist Party, and Bishop Gregorio Aglipay of the Philippine Independent Church who, with Norberto Nabong, reestablished the Republican Party.

Quezon emerged as the winning candidate for President, getting a percentage of 67.99% of the total votes. (ctto)

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