Blas Ople was a politician who held several high-ranking positions including Senate
President from 1999 to 2000, and as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until
Palma was a reporter and later the editor of La Independencia, the first Filipino
daily newspaper. He was also a co-founder of the first daily newspaper in Cebu, El
Nuevo Dia in February 1900.
In June 1909, Palma was appointed as a member of the second Philippine Commission
and served up to 1916.
In 1916 he was elected as Senator. In 1917, he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary
of Interior and became the first official to hold concurrently legislature and executive
positions until his term in the Senate ended in June 1922.