Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Vice President Elpidio Quirino Becomes President

APRIL 17, 1948
Vice President Elpidio R. Quirino (November 16, 1890 - February 29, 1956) assumed the presidency after President Manuel A. Roxas died of a heart attack in Clark Field, Pampanga. In the 1949 elections, he ran for president under the Liberal Party and won. His six years in office was credited for postwar reconstruction and a booming economy as well as increased support and aid from the United States. However, his government was accused of widespread graft and corruption and failed to contain the Huks, a communist group led by Luis Taruc.

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