First Filipino Constabulary Chief
The first Filipino to become director
of the defuct Philippine Constabulary, Rafael Crame was born on
After studying at the Ateneo de Manila, he enrolled in the Spanish military academy in 1879-1881. Once completed his cadetship, he was employed by the Spanish government in the Negociado de Contrebucion Territorial. He was a government official in the Administracion de Hacienda Publica when Philippine Revolution broke out in 1896.
Crame successively served
with the battalion of volunteers organized by the Spanish army, as private, corporal,
and sergeant from
When the Philippine Constabulary organized sometime in 1902, Crame joined it at the invitation of Captain Alkinson. Starting at fourth-class inspector, he rose rapidly to second lieutenant on March 1 1903; first lieutenant on September 15, 1903; Captain on March 15, 1905; assistant superintendent of infantry division on November 1, 1905; lieutenant colonel and assistant director on December 1, 1907; full-fledge colonel and assistant chief on February 13,1914; and acting chief on December 17, 1917.
Crame served the PC with
distinction. He held the participation campaign in
Crame married thrice. He
had three children – Maria, Luis, Rafael – by his first wife, Soledad
Fernandez, gave birth to
A true soldier and peace
officer, he died on
Tuso, Miriam G.