ALBERTO B. BARRETTO
(1867 - 1951)
Alberto Barretto, patriot and public servant was born in Cabangan, Zambales on January 2, 1867 to Antonio Barretto and Carmen Blanco.
He studied at the Ateneo de Manila where .he took a Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, he enrolled at the College of Law of the University of Santo Tomas. On March 18, 1893, he was granted a Licentiate in Jurisprudence. This was when the propaganda movement in Spain was at its height.
In 1894, he was appointed prosecuting judge in Batangas. In November that same year he was transferred to Manila and was named prosecuting attorney of the Audiencia Territorial of Manila In 1897 he was appointed justice of the peace for Binondo. He was judge of the Court of First Instance of Manila from June to September, 1898. His last term was cut short as he joined the revolutionary forces on September 4, 1898. In the Malolos Congress. he was the representative of Masbate and Ticao.
In June 1899, while serving the revolutionary government, he was appointed member of the peace mission which was tasked to negotiate with the Schurmann. Commission. When the Revolutionary Congress was convened in Tarlac on July 14, 1899, Don Ambrosio Rianzares-Bautista was elected president and Antonio Barretto, one of the vice-presidents. He was unable to serve in that capacity as he was captured by the American forces on July 19, and subsequently imprisoned. He was released in 1900 after taking an oath of allegiance to the American flag.
In 1902, he organized the Democrata Party with Jose de la Viņa, Justo Lucban, and Leon Ma. Guerrero. Since this political party was not recognized by Governor General William Howard Taft, it was eventually dissolved. In 1907, Barretto became president of the Nacionalista Party which he helped organize with Justo Lucban. He was also the editor of La Independencia, the official organ of the party. That same year, he was elected representative of the province of Zambales to the Philippine Assembly. After serving in the Assembly, he accepted appointment as judge of the Court of First Instance for Rizal and Bulacan. He served in this position from 191 1 to 1917 and after becoming Secretary of Finance in 1923, he retired from politics to concentrate on his work as president of the Philippine Development Corporation, the Cebu Portland Cement Company, the El Ahorro Insular and as director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and the Philippine Long Distance Company.
During the early years of the American occupation, Alberto
Barretto was one of the stalwart members of the Asociacion de Paz, a civic organization designed to promote peace under the leadership of Don Pedro A. Paterno.
He died of heart disease on December 7, 1951.