The accomplishments of Jose P. Laurel include his outspoken criticism of the United States' agenda in the Philippines and his participation in drawing up a Bill of Rights for the Philippine Constitution. He was also a supporter of women's rights.
In 1925, Laurel entered public life as a senator and by 1936 had become an associate justice in the Supreme Court.
Owing to his distrust of the United States, Laurel was able to remain in government throughout the Japanese occupation of the 1940s, during which time he also survived an assassination attempt.
He was appointed to a leadership position within the Japanese-sponsored government, serving as President of the Philippines between 1943 and 1949.
He retired from politics in 1957 and died 2 years later at age 68.