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1987 PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I: National Territory Summary: Article I states the scope and extent of the country's territory, including the internal waters; and terrestrial, fluvial and aerial domains. Furthermore, the waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the Philippines form part of the country's internal waters (based on the Archipelagic Doctrine). ARTICLE II: Declaration of Principles and State Policies Summary: Article II contains 28 sections divided into two parts. The first part enumerates the principles of the State such as the democratic and republican nature of the Philippine State; the supremacy of civilian authority over the military; the people's duty to defend the State; separation of Church and State; and renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy. While the second part stipulates the State policies such as the promotion of an independent foreign policy; recognition of the youth's and women's role in nation-building; promotion of a comprehensive rural development and agrarian reform; and the promotion of social justice.

It further prohibits the enactment of an ex post facto law or a bill of attainder. expression and to peaceably assemble. ARTICLE V: Suffrage Summary: Article V stipulates the qualifications of the Filipinos who have the right to vote. and the right to free speech. No literacy. and right against double jeopardy. The Congress is tasked to provide a system to protect the ballots. such as. non-imprisonment for non payment of debt or a poll tax. property. or other substantive requirement is imposed on the exercise of suffrage. right to speedy disposition of cases. Included in the bill of rights are: due process of law. right against selfincrimination. right to privacy of communication and correspondence. protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. right to criminal due process. a system of overseas .ARTICLE III: Bill of Rights Summary: Article III recognizes the individual rights of the Filipino people and guarantees its protection against abuses. It also provides for the constitutional definition of “natural-born” citizen and the retention of Philippine citizenship of those who marry aliens unless they have renounced it. equal protection of the laws. right to bail. The specific rights of the accused is likewise presented. ARTICLE IV: Citizenship Summary: Article IV enumerates the conditions of being citizens of the Philippines and the manner of acquiring and losing Philippine citizenship.

and a procedure for the disabled and illiterates to vote without the assistance of other persons. Each member of the House of Representatives is elected for a term of three years with a maximum of three terms. It expressly states that the executive power is vested in the President of the Philippines. and confirm presidential appointments through the Commission of Appointments. namely. the representatives elected by district and those elected through the party-list system. The powers of Congress include the passage of bills. are elected at large by the qualified voters of the Philippines and are to serve for six years with a maximum of two terms. or the Upper house. The President and the VicePresident are elected by direct vote of the qualified voters of the Philippines for a six-year term. its composition. ARTICLE VI: Legislative Department Summary: Article VI provides for the establishment of a bicameral legislature. The term of office of the members of the lower house is shorter than the Senate. This article stipulates that the . The members of the Senate. While there are two kinds of members of the House of Representatives or the Lower House of Congress.absentee voting. the vice-president can serve two (2) consecutive terms. declare a state of war. ARTICLE VII: Executive Department Summary: Article VII stipulates the qualifications. Under this Article. terms of office. powers and functions as the legislative branch of the government. the people can also exercise legislative powers through a system of initiative and referendum. While the President is not qualified for re-election. duties and functions of the President and Vice-President. levy taxes. approve appropriation.

Composed of the Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices. and appoint officials and employees of the judiciary. Among the notable powers of the Supreme Court are its exercise of original jurisdiction on cases involving ambassadors. is under the supervision of the Supreme Court and has the principal function of nominating appointments to the judiciary . The judicial power is vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be established by law. public ministers and consuls. review. and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. However. They will hold office hold office during good behavior until the age of 70 years or become incapacitated to discharge the duties of their office. revise. the members of the Supreme Court and the judges of lower courts are appointed by the President from a list of at least three nominees prepared by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). the Supreme Court has administrative supervision over all courts and its personnel. certain protections are declared against abuses of executive power such as the prohibition against practice of any other profession.President is the head of state. reverse. The JBC. which is created in this article. ARTICLE VIII: Judicial Department Summary: Article VIII provides for the composition. or affirm judgments or decisions of lower courts. rule on the constitutionality of laws and treaties. Furthermore. prohibition against appointment of spouse and relatives to certain positions in government and limitation on the declaration of martial law or suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus to a period not exceeding 60 days. powers and functions of the judiciary. They must be natural-born citizens of the Philippines and must be at least forty years of age. the chief executive of government. modify.

enforces and administers all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of an election. the Commission on Audit examines. The Civil Service Commission is the central personnel agency of the government and establishes a career service based on merit and fitness. and settles all accounts pertaining to the funds and property. and recall. ARTICLE X: Local Government Summary: Article X provides for a decentralized local government administration through the various territorial and political subdivisions such as. or pertaining to the government. ARTICLE XI: Accountability of Public Officers . provinces. initiative. on the other hand. and the Commission on Audit (COA). appoints their officials and employees in accordance with law. and is composed of commissioners appointed by the President with the consent of the Commission on Appointments. cities. and barangays. The Commission on Elections. Lastly. the Civil Service Commission (CSC). referendum. the autonomous regions.ARTICLE IX: Constitutional Commissions Summary: Article IX stipulates the creation of three independent constitutional commissions such as. audits. municipalities. This article further mandates Congress to enact a local government code for a more responsive and accountable local government structure. Each commission enjoys fiscal autonomy. plebiscite. owned or held in trust by. the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). and an organic act for the autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordilleras.

urban land reform and housing. and wealth. This article also provides for the creation of special judicial institutions as instruments of public accountability namely. and full employment of its citizens. agrarian and natural resources reform. The House of Representatives initiates all impeachment cases. the Sandiganbayan as the anti-graft court. All natural resources except agricultural lands are owned by the State. while the Senate conducts the trial and decides on all impeachment cases. and the rules of impeachment. recognize the . protect labor. development and utilization of these natural resources by Filipino citizens. Section 17 grants the State the power to take over or direct the operation of any privately-owned public utility or business affected with public interest in times of national emergency. Congress is mandated to establish an independent economic and planning agency and an independent central monetary authority. Article XIII: Social Justice and Human Rights Summary: Article XIII declares that the State shall promote social justice. It stipulates the limitations on the exploration. ARTICLE XII: National Economy and Patrimony Summary: Article XII declares the aims of the State for a more equitable distribution of opportunities. private corporations or associations.Summary: Article XI states that public office is a public trust. sustainable development and industrialization. the grounds for impeachment. and foreign-owned corporations. This article enumerates the officials that may be impeached. income. the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Culture. On education. On science and technology. On arts and culture. ARTICLE XIV: Education. Lastly on sports. Science and Technology. the State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education. this article states that Filipino is the the national language of the Philippines. researchers. Congress is mandated to establish a national language commission. priority is given on research and development. the State shall promote the Philippine national culture and shall preserve. On language. arts and culture. and sports. and adopt an integrated health development program. and develop the cultures. science and technology. This article also mandates that education shall be accessible to all. language. Filipino shall be used as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system. the State shall promote physical education and different sports activities to foster self-discipline. scientists and gifted citizens to encourage scientific research. Arts. with the responsibility of investigating cases of human rights violation. . It also mandates Congress to enact a law creating an independent Commission on Human Rights. and Sports Summary: Article XIV declares the principles of the State on education. Furthermore.rights of every citizen and people's organization. incentives are provided to science students. traditions and institutions of the indigenous cultural communities. teamwork. and excellence.

by law. This article further provides for the establishment of a national and civilian police force. Lastly. It further provides for specific provisions to protect the rights of spouses. The constitutional definition of marriage is found herein. their spouses and orphans. It also stipulates general provisions on the benefits. it is stipulated that Congress may create a consultative body on indigenous cultural communities. of the name of the country. It is also mandated that the State shall protect the consumer against trade malpractices. The design of the Philippine flag is set forth in the first section.ARTICLE XV: The Family Summary: Article XV recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation. ARTICLE XVI: General Provisions Summary: Article XVI contains provisions on twelve subjects. respect the freedom of speech and of the press. children. regulate the ownership and management of mass media and the advertising industry. ARTICLE XVII: Amendments or Revisions . Section 3 hereof provides for the general rule on State's immunity from suit. The composition of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as other provisions on the military such as recruitment. family and family associations. followed by a section on any change. national anthem and national seal. as well as to the retirees of the government and the private sectors. The duty of the family and the State to care for the elderly is likewise set forth in this article. pensions and assistance to war veterans. appointment. and retirement of soldiers and officers are likewise found in this article.

and revision of the Constitution may be proposed by a three-fourths vote of all the members of Congress and a constitutional convention. This article further provides for the continued enforcement of all existing laws which are consistent with this Constitution as well as the continued exercise of jurisdiction of all courts. . The people may likewise propose amendments through an initiative of at least twelve percent of total registered voters. It further states that any amendment or revision is not valid without a ratification by a majority of votes cast in a plebiscite. ARTICLE XVIII: Transitory Provisions Summary: Article XVIII stipulates specific provisions that are temporary in nature on the first elections. An important provision on the expiration of the Military Bases Agreement in 1991 includes a declaration that no foreign military bases. international agreements. The last part hereof is with regard to the sequestration or freeze order concerning the recovery of ill-gotten wealth. legal codes. until otherwise provided by law.Summary: Article XVII stipulates that any amendment to. civil service and private armies. Section 24 mandates that all private armies and other paramilitary groups outside the armed forces of the Philippines be dismantled. the judiciary. the first local elections and the first regular elections for the President and Vice-President. troops or facilities shall be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate. It stipulates the dates of the first elections of the members of the Congress.

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