His Excellency, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia
8th President of the Philippines
4th President of the Third Republic
March 17, 1957 – December 30, 1961
|Straight from the airport, Vice President Carlos P. García was inaugurated as|
the 8th President of the Philippines upon Magsaysay's death on March 17, 1957
Council of State Room, Executive Building, Malacañan Palace, March 18, 1957
The unexpected and most unfortunate demise of President Ramon Magsaysay has brought grief not only to our country but to the entire free world. President Magsaysay, since his assumption to the highest office of the land, had been an uncompromising champion of democracy in Asia. Thus, his death is definitely a loss to all freedom-loving peoples everywhere. In this our moment of supreme national bereavement, I wish to ask our people to share with me the heavy burden which has been placed upon my shoulders by the Supreme Law-Giver who presides over the destinies of men and nations. In asking for the support and cooperation of the Filipino people, I appeal for sobriety, calmness and dedication in the fulfillment of our common duty to God and country, for the great ideals for which President Magsaysay lived and died. I realize only too well that the position of President of the Philippine carries with it tremendous responsibilities. Nevertheless, with the aid of Divine Providence, I accept, in all humility, this difficult task, upon taking my oath of office. With abiding faith in our people, I know that in a moment of crisis like this, they always rise equal to the situation. In the days that lie ahead, I will welcome honest and constructive criticism if it will redound to the public good. It shall be my solemn duty to carry on the great political program for which President Magsaysay and the Nacionalista Party have given their all and their best. I ask you then, fellow countrymen, to lay aside all rancour and discord and help me carry on the task of preserving our land for God, democracy, liberty and justice.
However, just days after his election, on June 14, 1971, García died from a fatal heart attack.
He was succeeded as president of the Convention by his former Vice President, Diosdado Macapagal.