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What is the importance of studying the Philippine Constitution as a student?
It is important for students to learn the basic rules that govern their society, from local government on up to the national government and how government is supposed to operate at every level, including those in between.
How can we change the Constitution of the Philippines?
Any amendment to, or revision of, this Constitution under Section 1 hereof shall be valid when ratified by a majority of the votes cast in a plebiscite which shall be held not earlier than sixty days nor later than ninety days after the approval of such amendment or revision.
What is Philippine Constitution?
The foundation of the system of government of the Philippines is the constitution. Constitution defined: In its broad sense, the term constitution refers to the “body of rules and principles in accordance with which the powers of sovereignty is regularly exercised.”
Why it is important to study the Constitution?
Studying the Constitution is important because each generation needs to know not only the rights and privileges granted by the Constitution, but also the obligations of its citizens.
Why is Constitution important in our society?
The first reason is it protects various individuals’ rights and freedoms. The constitution puts the power to rule the country in the citizens’ hands. On the other hand, it is called to limit the power of the government and establish a check and balance system.
How does the Constitution protect your rights?
The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition. It also prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment and compelled self-incrimination.
How can we change the Constitution?
The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.
What are the ways of changing the Constitution?
Article V of the Constitution provides two ways to propose amendments to the document. Amendments may be proposed either by the Congress, through a joint resolution passed by a two-thirds vote, or by a convention called by Congress in response to applications from two-thirds of the state legislatures.
How is a constitution made in the Philippines?
In 1934, the United States Congress passed the Philippine Independence Act, which set the parameters for the creation of a constitution for the Philippines. The Act mandated the Philippine Legislature to call for an election of delegates to a Constitutional Convention to draft a Constitution for the Philippines.
Do we need a constitution in the Philippines?
All laws and judicial decisions must conform to it. But a Constitution cannot exist unless promulgated by a sovereign people: in the case of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “the sovereign Filipino people,” exercising this power via their elected representatives.
How will a change in the constitution change Filipinos’ lives?
While it is not apparent — yet — a change in the Constitution will drastically change Filipinos’ lives, and such change will be real, practical, and visible, embracing everything we do as part of society.
What is the seminal book on the Constitution of the Philippines?
The information below is culled from Fr. Bernas’ seminal book on the Constitution: “The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines: A Commentary,” published in 2009. The book, used as a textbook for first year law students, is a recipient of the Supreme Court Centenary Book Award.
Should the Senate representation of the Philippines be distributed by region?
1987 Constitution of the Philippines needs to be revised or amended. One of these amendments should distribute the Senate representations by Region. Presently, the Senate represents the entire country. Under the proposed revision, each Region must have 2 Senators each and these Senators must be elected by “at large” voting by region.