First Cabinet Secretaries Appointed by Emilio Aguinaldo
On June 15, 1898, the first cabinet secretaries were appointed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in accordance with the decree and instructions written by Apolinario Mabini.
The 1st Cabinet Secretaries are the following:
1. Baldomero Aguinaldo – Secretary of War and Public Works
2. Mariano Trias – Secretary of Finance and its branches
3. Leandro Ibarra – Secretary of Interior and its branches
Office of Foreign Relations, Navy, and Commerce were provisionally under Office of the President until a Secretary is appointed.
The post of Secretary of Foreign Relations was initially offered to Mabini, who turned it down so that Cayetano Arellano could occupy the position.