STONE V. MISSISSIPPI, 101 U. S. 814 (1879) U.S. Supreme Court Stone v. Mississippi, 101 U.S. 814 (1879) Stone v.

Mississippi 101 U.S. 814 Syllabus 1. In 1867, the Legislature of Mississippi granted a charter to a lottery company for twenty-five years in consideration of a stipulated sum in cash, an annual payment of a further sum, and a percentage of receipts from the sale of tickets. A provision of the constitution adopted in 1868 declares that "The legislature shall never authorize any lottery, nor shall the sale of lottery tickets be allowed, nor shall any lottery heretofore authorized be permitted to be drawn, or tickets therein to be sold." Held: 1. That this provision is not in conflict with sec. 10, art. 1, of the Constitution of the United States, which prohibits a State from "passing a law impairing the obligation of contracts." 2. That such a charter is in legal effect nothing more than a license to enjoy the privilege conferred for the time, and on the terms specified, subject to future legislative or constitutional control or withdrawal. 2. Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 4 Wheat. 518, commented upon and explained. 3. The legislature cannot, by chartering a lottery company, defeat the will of the people of the state authoritatively expressed, in relation to the continuance of such business in their midst. The Legislature of Mississippi passed an Act, approved Feb. 16, 1867, entitled "An Act incorporating the Mississippi Agricultural and Manufacturing Aid Society." Its provisions, so far as they bear upon the questions involved, are as follows: "The corporation shall have power to receive subscriptions, and sell and dispose of certificates of subscriptions which shall entitle the holders thereof to any articles that may be awarded to them, and the distribution of the awards shall be fairly made in public, after advertising, by the casting of lots, or by lot, chance, or otherwise, in such manner as shall be directed by the bylaws of said corporation; . . . and the said corporation shall have power to offer premiums or prizes in money, for the best essays on agriculture, manufactures, and education, written by a citizen of Mississippi, or to the most deserving works of art executed by citizens of Mississippi, or the most useful inventions in mechanics, science, or art, mane by citizens of Mississippi." Sec. 7 provides that the articles to be distributed or awarded may consist of lands, books, paintings, statues, antiques, scientific Page 101 U. S. 815

instruments or apparatus, or any other property or thing that may be ornamental, valuable, or useful. Sect. 8 requires the corporation to pay, before the commencement of business, to the treasurer of the state for the use of the university the sum of $5,000, and to give bond and security for the annual payment of $1,000, together with one-half percent on the amount of receipts derived from the sale of certificates. Sect. 9 declares that any neglect or refusal to comply with the provisions of the act shall work a forfeiture of all the privileges granted, and subject any officer or agent failing to carry out its provisions or committing any fraud in selling tickets at drawing of lottery to indictment, the penalty being a "fine not less than $1,000, and imprisonment not less than six months." Sect. 11 enacts that as soon as the sum of $100,000 is subscribed and the sum of $25,000 paid into the capital stock, the company shall go into operation under their charter and not before, and the act of incorporation shall continue and be in force for the space of twenty-five years from its passage, and that all laws and parts of laws in conflict with its provisions be repealed, and that the act shall take effect from and after its passage. The constitution of the state, adopted in convention May 15, 1868, and ratified by the people Dec. 1, 1869, declares that "The legislature shall never authorize any lottery, nor shall the sale of lottery tickets be allowed, nor shall any lottery heretofore authorized be permitted to be drawn, or tickets therein to be sold." The legislature passed an act, approved July 16, 1870, entitled "An Act enforcing the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Mississippi, prohibiting all kinds of lotteries within said State, and making it unlawful to conduct one in this state." The Attorney-General of Mississippi filed, March 17, 1874, in the Circuit Court of Warren County in that state, an information in the nature of a quo warranto, against John B. Stone and others, alleging that, without authority or warrant of law, they were then, and for the preceding twelve months had been, carrying on a lottery or gift enterprise within said county and state under the name of "The Mississippi Agricultural, Educational, Page 101 U. S. 816 and Manufacturing Aid Society." The information alleges that said society obtained from the legislature a charter, but sets up the aforesaid constitutional provision and the act of July 16, 1870, and avers that the charter was thereby virtually and in effect repealed. By their answer the respondents admit that they were carrying on a lottery enterprise under the name mentioned. They aver that in so doing they were exercising the rights, privileges, and franchises conferred by their charter, and that they have in all things complied with its provisions. They further aver that their rights and franchises were not impaired by the constitutional provision and legislative enactment aforesaid. The state replied to the answer by admitting that the respondents had in every particular conformed to the provisions of their charter.

1180 is entitled "An Act to Regulate the Retail Business. economic control weights and measures and labor and other laws relating to trade. not citizens of the Philippines. The judgment was. Held: The Court held that the Act was approved in the exercise of the police power. The main provisions of the Act are: (1) a prohibition against persons. it is said to be co. the nature of the business. Petitioner attacks the constitutionality of the Act. (2) an exception from the above prohibition in favor of aliens actually engaged in said business on May 15. and those requiring 100% Filipino capitalization for a corporation or entity to entitle it to engage in the retail business. on error. and Stone and others sued out this writ. and for ten years after the approval of the Act or until the expiration of term in case of juridical persons. for and in his own behalf and on behalf of other alien residents. their assets and liabilities and their offices and principal offices of juridical entities. from enforcing its provisions. particularly city and municipal treasurers. Article XIII and Section 8 of Article XIV of the Constitution. giving. As it derives its existence from the very existence of the State itself. 1180. until their death or voluntary retirement in case of natural persons. Ichong v Hernandez. and against associations. to continue such business for a period of six months for purposes of liquidation. 115 Facts: Petitioner. and (7) a provision allowing the heirs of aliens now engaged in the retail business who die. (6) a provision requiring aliens actually engaged in the retail business to present for registration with the proper authorities a verified statement concerning their businesses. that it has become almost impossible to limit its sweep. unless their licenses are forfeited in accordance with the law. adjudged that the respondents be ousted of and from all the liberties and privileges. Republic Act No. among other matters. corporations and partnerships adversely affected by the provisions of Republic Act No. violate the spirit of Sections 1 and 5. 1870.extensive with self-protection and . exercised by them under and by virtue of the said act. affirmed by the supreme court. or corporations the capital of which are not wholly owned by citizens of the Philippines. (5) a prohibition against the establishment or opening by aliens actually engaged in the retail business of additional stores or branches of retail business. brought this action to obtain a judicial declaration that said Act is unconstitutional. it violates international and treaty obligations of the Republic of the Philippines. who are allowed to continue to engage therein. franchises and emoluments. it does not need to be expressed or defined in its scope." In effect it nationalizes the retail trade business. contending among others that: it denies to alien residents the equal protection of the laws and deprives them of their liberty and property without due process of law. 101 Phil. commerce and industry.The court. 1954. and to enjoin the Secretary of Finance and all other persons acting under him. partnerships. It has been said that police power is so far-reaching in scope. (4) a provision for the forfeiture of licenses (to engage in the retail business) for violation of the laws on nationalization. from engaging directly or indirectly in the retail trade. and its provisions against the transmission by aliens of their retail business thru hereditary succession. (3) an exception therefrom in favor of citizens and juridical entities of the United States. holding that the act of incorporation had been abrogated and annulled by the constitution of 1868 and the legislation of July 16.

The disputed law was enacted to remedy a real actual threat and danger to national economy posed by alien dominance and control of the retail business and free citizens and country from such dominance and control. as well as hostile discrimination or the oppression of inequality. provided there is due process of law. The equal protection of the law clause is against undue favor and individual or class privilege. therefore. and a reasonable relation must exist between purposes and means. which is limited either in the object to which it is directed or by territory within which it is to operate. The test or standard.survival. insistent and illimitable. and reasonable grounds exists for making a distinction between those who fall within such class and those who do not. shall it be said. It does not demand absolute equality among residents. if it applies alike to all persons within such class. The equal protection clause is not infringed by legislation which applies only to those persons falling within a specified class. So the State can deprive persons of life. Properly related. The most important of these are the due process clause and the equal protection clause. the field and scope of police power has become almost boundless. The balancing is the essence or. under like circumstances and conditions both as to privileges conferred and liabilities enforced. for that would be tyranny. It is not intended to prohibit legislation. Especially is it so under a modern democratic framework where the demands of society and of nations have multiplied to almost unimaginable proportions. There can be no absolute power. And if distinction and classification has been made. is reason. and persons may be classified into classes and groups. it merely requires that all persons shall be treated alike. whoever exercise it. just as the fields of public interest and public welfare have become almost all. arbitrary or oppressive? Is there sufficient foundation or reason in connection with the matter involved. The conflict. what they do is to set forth the limitations thereof. between police power and the guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws is more apparent than real. the indispensable means for the attainment of legitimate aspirations of any democratic society. is public welfare involved? Is the Act reasonably necessary for the accomplishment of the legislature's purpose. provided everyone is given the equal protection of the law. and as such it is the most positive and active of all governmental processes. for that would mean license and anarchy. as always. The police power legislation must be firmly grounded on public interest and welfare. there must be a reasonable basis for said distinction. is it not unreasonable. Otherwise stated. as we cannot foresee the needs and demands of public interest and welfare in this constantly changing and progressive world. So it is that Constitutions do not define the scope or extent of the police power of the State. liberty and property. the power and the guarantees are supposed to coexist. thru which and by which it protects its own personality and insures its security and . The due process clause has to do with the reasonableness of legislation enacted in pursuance of the police power. so we cannot delimit beforehand the extent or scope of police power by which and through which the State seeks to attain or achieve public interest or welfare.embracing and have transcended human foresight. that the enactment clearly falls within the scope of the police power of the State. a public purpose. the most essential. Is there public interest. or is it not merely an unjustified interference with private interest? These are the questions that we ask when the due process test is applied. or has there not been a capricious use of the legislative power? Can the aims conceived be achieved by the means used. Yet there can neither be absolute liberty.

" But the nationals of China are not discriminated against because nationals of all other countries. because the law is prospective in operation and recognizes the privilege of aliens already engaged in the occupation and reasonably protects their privilege. All that the treaty guarantees is equality of treatment to the Chinese nationals "upon the same terms as the nationals of any other country. thus this appeal before the Supreme Court. nor the due process of law clause. Section 6 states all the collections made under said Act shall be for aid and support of the sugar industry exclusively. Issue: Whether or Not the tax levied under the Sugar Adjustment Act ( Commonwealth Act 567) is unconstitutional. the treaty is always subject to qualification or amendment by a subsequent law . and that it cannot be said to be void for supposed conflict with treaty obligations because no treaty has actually been entered into on the subject and the police power may not be curtailed or surrendered by any treaty or any other conventional agreement. Lutz contends that such purpose is not a matter of public concern hence making the tax levied for that cause unconstitutional and void. the sum of money paid by the estate as taxes. pursuant to the Sugar Adjustment Act. taxes are levied on the owners or persons in control of the lands devoted to the cultivation of sugar cane. that the law does not violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution because sufficient grounds exist for the distinction between alien and citizen in the exercise of the occupation regulated. The tax under said Act is levied with a regulatory purpose. are all prohibited from engaging in the retail trade. The Court of First Instance dismissed his petition. the Collector of Internal Revenue. 22 Dec 1955] Friday. January 30. seeks to recover from J. and the same may never curtail or restrict the scope of the police power of the State. G. who are granted special rights by the Constitution. to provide means for the rehabilitation and stabilization of the threatened sugar industry. 1947 is also claimed to be violated by the law in question.R. its promotion. Political Law Facts: Walter Lutz. that the wisdom and efficacy of the law to carry out its objectives appear to us to be plainly evident — as a matter of fact it seems not only appropriate but actually necessary — and that in any case such matter falls within the prerogative of the Legislature. Under Section 3 of said Act. L-7859. Held: The tax levied under the Sugar Adjustment Act is constitutional. except those of the United States. 2009 Posted by Coffeeholic Writes Labels: Case Digests. protection. . Since sugar production is one of the great industries of our nation. and this suffers from no duplicity and has not misled the legislators or the segment of the population affected. But even supposing that the law infringes upon the said treaty. Antonio Araneta.future. No. that the provisions of the law are clearly embraced in the title. with whose power and discretion the Judicial department of the Government may not interfere. LUTZ VS. as the Judicial Administrator of the Intestate Estate of Antonio Jayme Ledesma. The Treaty of Amity between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of China of April 18. Furthermore. ARANETA [98 Phil 148.

undertake an agrarian reform program founded on the right of farmers and regular farmworkers. to own directly or collectively the lands they till or. the tax levied under the Sugar Adjustment Act is held to be constitutional. If objectives and methods are alike constitutionally valid. This was followed on July 22. In considering the rentals as advance payment on the land. along with martial law. Taxation may be made with the implement of the state’s police power. the measure would not solve the agrarian problem because even the small farmers are deprived of their lands and the retention rights guaranteed by the Constitution. it is only rational that the taxes be obtained from those that will directly benefit from it.and advancement. by law. Therefore. declaring full land ownership in favor of the beneficiaries of PD 27 and providing for the valuation of still unvalued lands covered by the decree as well as the manner of their payment. which was promulgated on Oct 21. Article XIII on Social Justice and Human Rights includes a call for the adoption by the State of an agrarian reform program. therefore redounds greatly to the general welfare. Association of Small Landowners vs Secretary of Agrarian Reform 6 11 2010 “Equal Protection” These are 3 cases consolidated questioning the constitutionality of the Agrarian Reform Act. RA 3844. This was substantially superseded almost a decade later by PD 27. Agricultural Land Reform Code. no reason is seen why the state may not levy taxes to raise funds for their prosecution and attainment. Hence. Worse. had already been enacted by Congress on August 8. providing the mechanics for its implementation. in the case of other farmworkers. said objectives of the Act is a public concern and is therefore constitutional. and EO 229. . instituting a comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP). On July 17. the executive order also deprives the petitioners of their property rights as protected by due process. 1987 by PP 131. who are landless. which Cory signed on June 10. Afterwhich is the enactment of RA 6657. nevertheless gives them suppletory effect insofar as they are not inconsistent with its provisions. No similar obligation is imposed on the owners of other properties. The State shall. It follows that the Legislature may determine within reasonable bounds what is necessary for its protection and expedient for its promotion. Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988. 1972. Cory issued EO 228. to receive a just share of the fruits thereof. In addition. EO 228 ignored judicial prerogatives and so violated due process. 1963. 1987. This law. to provide for the compulsory acquisition of private lands for distribution among tenant-farmers and to specify maximum retention limits for landowners. The petitioners maintain that in declaring the beneficiaries under PD 27 to be the owners of the lands occupied by them. The equal protection clause is also violated because the order places the burden of solving the agrarian problems on the owners only of agricultural lands. while considerably changing the earlier mentioned enactments.

There is also the complaint that they should not be made to share the burden of agrarian reform. no evidence has been submitted to the Court that the requisites of a valid classification have been violated. From this viewpoint. and (4) it must apply equally to all the members of the class. However. the petition for prohibition would be premature. (3) it must not be limited to existing conditions only. the Congress is allowed a wide leeway in providing for a valid classification. The petitioners have not shown that they belong to a different class and entitled to a different treatment. The Court finds that all these requisites have been met by the measures here challenged as arbitrary and discriminatory. (2) it must be germane to the purposes of the law. In any event. the sugar planters have failed to show that they belong to a different class and should be differently treated.In his comment the Sol-Gen asserted that the alleged violation of the equal protection clause. The argument that not only landowners but also owners of other properties must be made to share the burden of implementing land reform must be rejected. an objection also made by the sugar planters on the ground that they belong to a particular class with particular interests of their own. Classification has been defined as the grouping of persons or things similar to each other in certain particulars and different from each other in these same particulars. they too have not questioned the area of such limits. To be valid. The argument of the small farmers that they have been denied equal protection because of the absence of retention limits has also become academic under Sec 6 of RA 6657. JMM Promotion and Management vs Court of Appeals 22 11 2010 . There is a substantial distinction between these two classes of owners that is clearly visible except to those who will not see. HELD: The SC ruled affirming the Sol-Gen. Significantly. ISSUE: Whether or not there was a violation of the equal protection clause. There is no need to elaborate on this matter. The Comment also suggests the possibility of Congress first distributing public agricultural lands and scheduling the expropriation of private agricultural lands later. Its decision is accorded recognition and respect by the courts of justice except only where its discretion is abused to the detriment of the Bill of Rights. Equal protection simply means that all persons or things similarly situated must be treated alike both as to the rights conferred and the liabilities imposed. it must conform to the following requirements: (1) it must be based on substantial distinctions.

a measure which would only drive recruitment further underground. MARTINEZ [146 SCRA 323. does not enhance the public welfare or was exercised arbitrarily or unreasonably. the new scheme at the very least rationalizes the method of screening performing artists by requiring reasonable educational and artistic skills from them and limits deployment to only those individuals adequately prepared for the unpredictable demands of employment as artists abroad. JMM intervened to bolster the cause of FETMOP. ISSUE: Whether or not the regulation by EIAC is valid. This was relaxed however with the introduction of the Entertainment Industry Advisory Council which later proposed a plan to POEA to screen and train performing artists seeking to go abroad. Cory banned the deployment of performing artists to Japan and other destinations. February 09. 18 DEC 1986] Monday. It cannot be gainsaid that this scheme at least lessens the room for exploitation by unscrupulous individuals and agencies.L-63419. NO. The regulation is a valid exercise of police power. LOZANO VS. its ARB requirement. particularly the women was paramount in the issuance of Department Order No. The Federation of Talent Managers of the Philippines assailed the validity of the said regulation as it violated the right to travel. Political Law Facts: A motion to quash the charge against the petitioners for violation of the BP 22 was made. contending that no offense was committed. As the assailed Department Order enjoys a presumed validity. The petitioners thus elevate the case to the Supreme Court for relief. 2009 Posted by Coffeeholic Writes Labels: Case Digests. The lower court ruled in favor of EIAC.Police Power Due to the death of one Maricris Sioson in 1991. abridge existing contracts and rights and deprives artists of their individual rights. Such motion was denied by the RTC. it follows that the burden rests upon petitioners to demonstrate that the said order. The Solicitor General. Police power concerns government enactments which precisely interfere with personal liberty or property in order to promote the general welfare or the common good. In pursuant to the proposal POEA and the secretary of DOLE sought a 4 step plan to realize the plan which included an Artist’s Record Book which a performing artist must acquire prior to being deployed abroad. as the statute is unconstitutional. particularly. commented that it was premature for the accused to elevate to the Supreme Court . HELD: The SC ruled in favor of the lower court. 3. Short of a total and absolute ban against the deployment of performing artists to “high risk” destinations. The welfare of Filipino performing artists.

Issue: proper Whether or not BP 22 is constitutional as it is a exercise of police power of the State. However. The offense punished by BP 22 is the act of making and issuing a worthless check or a check that is dishonored upon its presentation for payment. Held: The enactment of BP 22 a valid exercise of the police power and is not repugnant to the constitutional inhibition against imprisonment for debt. An act may not be considered by society as inherently wrong. hence. The thrust of the law is to prohibit. under pain of penal sanctions. City Government of QC vs Judge Ericta & Himlayang Pilipino 23 11 2010 Police Power – Not Validly Exercised . not malum in se but because of the harm that it inflicts on the community. the Supreme Court finds it justifiable to intervene for the review of lower court's denial of a motion to quash. the making of worthless checks and putting them in circulation. it can be outlawed and criminally punished as malum prohibitum.the orders denying their motions to quash. The law punishes the act not as an offense against property. It is not the nonpayment of an obligation which the law punishes. The law is not intended or designed to coerce a debtor to pay his debt. The state can do this in the exercise of its police power. but an offense against public order.

LGUs can only regulate motels but cannot prohibit their operation. it must not only be within the corporate powers of the local government unit to enact and must be passed according to the procedure prescribed by law. MTDC also avers that under the LGC. ISSUE: Whether or not Ordinance 7783 is valid. ISSUE: Whether or not the ordinance is valid. The City likewise emphasized that the purpose of the law is to promote morality in the City. The City reiterates that the Ordinance is a valid exercise of Police Power as provided as well in the LGC. The ordinance is actually a taking without compensation of a certain area from a private cemetery to benefit paupers who are charges of the municipal corporation. HELD: The SC held the law as an invalid exercise of police power. AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. MTDC reiterates that they do not market such nor do they use women as tools for entertainment. to be determined by competent City Authorities. ENTERTAINMENT. Mayor Lim signed into law Ord 7783 entitled AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE ESTABLISHMENT OR OPERATION OF BUSINESSES PROVIDING CERTAIN FORMS OF AMUSEMENT. Malate Tourist Development Corporation avers that the ordinance is invalid as it includes hotels and motels in the enumeration of places offering amusement or entertainment. It basically prohibited establishments such as bars. morals. karaoke bars. PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF. SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN THE ERMITA-MALATE AREA. MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF PRIVATE MEMORIAL TYPE CEMETERY OR BURIAL GROUND WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF QUEZON CITY AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF” The law basically provides that at least six (6) percent of the total area of the memorial park cemetery shall be set aside for charity burial of deceased persons who are paupers and have been residents of Quezon City for at least 5 years prior to their death. HELD: The SC ruled that the said Ordinance is null and void. City of Manila vs Judge Perfecto Laguio 22 11 2010 Police Power On 30 Mar 1993. The SC noted that for an ordinance to be valid. motels and hotels from operating in the Malate District which was notoriously viewed as a red light district harboring thrill seekers.Quezon City enacted an ordinance entitled “ORDINANCE REGULATING THE ESTABLISHMENT. the city passes the burden to private cemeteries. safety. Instead of building or maintaining a public cemetery for this purpose. good order. or the general welfare of the people. it must also conform to the following substantive requirements: . There is no reasonable relation between the setting aside of at least six (6) percent of the total area of all private cemeteries for charity burial grounds of deceased paupers and the promotion of health. QC justified the law by invoking police power.

O. Senga were among the several AFP officers als o received a letter invitation from Sen. the Memorandum directed the two officers to attend the hearing. Biazon.(1) must not contravene the Constitution or any statute. (2) must not be unfair or oppressive. However. the President issued Executive Order (E. and (6) must not be unreasonable. the Office of the Chief of Staff of the AFP issued a Memorandum addressed to Gen. Gudani and Lieutenant Colonel Balutan are high-ranking officers of Philippine Marines assigned to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City. Senga did not attend to the requested hearing as per instruction from the President that NO AFP PERSONNEL SHALL APPEAR BEFORE ANY CONGRESSIONAL OR SENATE HEARING WITHOUT HER APPROVAL. Gudani and Col. Senator Biazon invited several senior officers of the military to appear at a public hearing before a Senate Committee to clarify allegations of massive cheating and the surfacing of copies of an audio excerpt purportedly of a phone conversation between the President and then Commission on Elections Commissioner Garcillano. Gen. Conformably. and Col. Gudani and Col. (3) must not be partial or discriminatory. the office of Gen. Baloing. 2006 Political Law. Senga. Gen. Thereafter. Balutan were likewise relieved of their assignments then. in violation of A[rticles of] W[ar] 65 (Willfully Disobeying Superior Officer). ` While Gen. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt . ³enjoined officials of the executive department including the military establishment from appearing in any legislative inquiry without her approval. Gen.´ and that the two officers ³disobeyed a legal order. hence they will be subjected to General Court Martial proceedings x x x´ Both Gen.´ that such directive was ³in keeping with the time[ . Gudani and Col. No. Gen. 170165. In the case at bar. (4) must not prohibit but may regulate trade. It was signed by Lt. Gudani had been designated as commander. Gud ani and Col. Balutan filed their respective requests for travel authority addressed to the PMA Superintendent. The police power of the City Council. Col.R. however broad and far-reaching. The Office of the Solicitor General notes that the E. (5) must be general and consistent with public policy.]honored principle of the Chain of Command. Balutan had been invited to attend the Senate Committee hearing. Balutan a member. On the very day of the hearing. is subordinate to the constitutional limitations thereon.) 464. Senga issued a statement which noted that the two had appeared before the Senate Committee ³in spite of the fact t hat a guidance has been given that a Presidential approval should be sought prior to such an appearance. . the enactment of the Ordinance was an invalid exercise of delegated power as it is unconstitutional and repugnant to general laws. and is subject to the limitation that its exercise must be reasonable and for the public good. 464 FACTS: Petitioners Gen.O. Balutan attended the invitation from Sen.O. of ³Joint Task Force Ranao´ by the AFP Southern Command. But only Gen. Balutan had concluded their testimony. Gudani. Gudani vs. Noting that Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri in behalf of Gen. Senga CASE DIGEST: G. E. At the time of th e 2004 elections. Biazon to attend the hearing. August 15. and Col.

464 compelled officials of the executive branch to seek prior presidential approval before appearing before Congress. The ability of the President to require a military official to secure prior consent before appearing in Congress pertains to wholly different and independent specie of presidential authority²the commander-in-chief powers of the President. we also hold that any chamber of Congress which seeks to appear before it a military officer against the consent of the President has adequate remedies under law to compel such attendance. Any military official whom Congress summons to testify before it may be compelled to do so by the President. The impression is wrong. Again. Petitioners also pray for injunctive relief against a pending preliminary investigation against them. initiated within the military justice system in connection with petitioners¶ violation of the aforementioned directive. By tradition and jurisprudence. 464 which provides among others that NO AFP PERSONNEL SHALL APPEAR BEFORE ANY CONGRESSIONAL OR SENATE HEARING WITHOUT HER APPROVAL is unconstitutional? HELD: The Petition is dismissed. but on the Chief Executive¶s power as commander-in-chief to control the actions and speech of members of the armed forces. petitioners seek the annulment of a directive from the President enjoining them and other military officers from testifying before Congress without the President¶s consent. or may the President prevent a member of the armed forces from testifying before a legislative inquiry? Insofar as E. Final judicial orders have the force of the law of the land which the President has the duty to faithfully execute.Now. The commander-in-chief provision in the Constitution is denominated as Section . ISSUE: Whether or not E. We hold that the President has constitutional authority to do so.O.O. Is EO 464 constitutional or not. in preparation for possible court -martial proceedings. by virtue of her power as commander -in-chief. let it be emphasized that the ability of the President to prevent military officers from testifying before Congress do es not turn on executive privilege. the notion of executive control also comes into consideration. the commander-in-chief powers of the President are not encumbered by the same degree of restriction as that which may attach to executive privilege or executive control. the President may be commanded by judicial order to compel the attendance of the milita ry officer. The President¶s prerogatives as commander-in-chief are not hampered by the same limitations as in e xecutive privilege. The Court has to resolve whether petitioners may be subjected to military discipline on account of their defiance of a direct order of the AFP Chief of Staff. At the same time. and that as a consequence a military officer who defies such injunction is liable under military justice. If the President is not so inclined.

Soldiers are constitutionally obliged to obey a President they may dislike or distrust. Judicial relief as re medy: The refusal of the President to allow members of the military to appear before Congress is not absolute. and not the Senate. Again. activities which may otherwise be sanctioned under civilian law. have to be considered. The Court unanimously upheld such restrictions. since petitioners testified anyway despite the presidential prohibition. the power of inquiry. movement and speech of military officers. the Constitution prescribes that it is the President. yet it is on the President that the Constitution vests the title as commander -in-chief and all the prerogatives and functions appertaining to the position. the ex igencies of military discipline and the chain of command mandate that the President¶s ability to control the individual members of the armed forces be accorded the utmost respect. Senate affirmed both the Arnault and Bengzon rulings. yet it is vit al that such opinions be kept out of the public eye. it is integral to military discipline that the soldier¶s speech be with the consent and approval of the military commander. who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. For one. If the information possessed by executive officials on the operation of . noting: ³« to a certain degree. Fidel Ramos. For another.18. an officer in the AFP.´ As a general rule. Col. because the effectiveness of the military in fulfilling its dutie s under the law depends to a large extent on the maint enance of discipline within its ranks. Article VII. The remedy lies with the courts. Article XVI. lawful orders must be followed without question and rules must be faithfully complied with. individual rights may be curtailed. Hence. Inasmuch as it is ill-advised for Congress to interfere with the President¶s power as commander-in-chief. Suc h authority includes the ability of the President to restrict the travel. the Court will without hesitation affirm that the officer has to choose the President. and a military torn by political strife is incapable of fulfilling its constitutional function as protectors of the people and of the State. as a condition for his house arrest. v. absolute authority over the persons and actions of the members of the armed forces. It is from this viewpoint that the restrictions imposed on p etitioner Kapunan. Even petitioners are well aware that it was necessary for them to obtain permission from their superiors before they could travel to Manila to attend the Senate Hearing. as commander-in-chief. Thus. Kapunan was also ordered. Where a military officer is torn between obeying the President and obeying t he Senate. Kapunan was ordered confined under ³house arrest´ by then Chief of Staff (later President) Gen. the commander -inchief of the armed forces. political belief is a potential source of discord among people. For there is no constitutional provision or military indoctrination will elimin ate a soldier¶s ability to form a personal political opinion. Reference to Kapunan. De Villa is useful in this regard. which begins with the simple declaration that ³[t]he President shall be the Commander -in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines x x x Outside explicit constitutional limitations. such as those found in Section 5. that he may not issue any press statements or give any press conference during his p eriod of detention. It elucidated on the constitutional scope and limitations on the constitutional power of congressional inquiry. it is similarly detrimental for the President to unduly interfere with Congress¶s right to conduct legislative inquiries.´ is grounded on the necessity of information in the legislative process. The necessity of upholding the ability to rest rain speech becomes even more imperative if the soldier desires to speak freely on political matters. the commander-in-chief clause vests on the President. irrespective of a soldier's personal views on the matter. Jr. ³with process to enforce it. Congress holds significant control over the armed forces in matters such as budget appropriations and the approval of higher-rank promotions. After all. Lt. it is ruinous to military discipline to foment an atmosphere that promotes an active dislike of or dissent against the President. The impasse did not come to pass in this petition.

which defines persons subject to military law as. FACTS: . Section 21. It may thus be subjected to judicial review pursuant to the Court¶s certiorari powers under Section 1. ³al l officers and soldiers in the active service of the [AFP]. an imposition that obligates Congress to adhere to the guarantees in the Bill of Rights. Once jurisdiction has been acquired over the officer. as commander-in-chief.´ and points out that he is no longer in the active service. However. No. 408.R. It is only the courts that can compel. To avoid conflict. the constitutional recourse is to the courts. but on the Chief Executive’s power as commander-in-chief to control the actions and speech of members of the armed forces. if the courts so rule. Even if the President has earlier disagreed with the notion of officers appearing before the legislature to testify. Gudani vs. Congress must indicate in its invitations to the public officials concerned. 2006 • The ability of the President to prevent military officers from testifying before Congress does not turn on executive privilege. to authorize the appearance of the milita ry officers before Congress. under the constitutional principle of judicial review. as the final arbiter if the dispute. General Gudani argues that he can no longer fall within the jurisdiction of the court -martial. Article VI likewise establishes critical safeguards that proscribe the legislative power of inquiry. the Court ruled that the President could not impose a blanket prohibition barring executive officials from testifying before Congress without the President¶s consent notwithstanding the invocation of executive privilege to justify such prohibition. necessarily implying the constitutional infirmity of an inquiry conducted without duly published rules of procedure. 170165. the duty falls on the shoulders of the President. Congress has the right to that information and the power to compel th e disclosure thereof.their offices is necessary for wise legislation on that subject. Lastly. the possible needed statute which prompted the need for the inquiry. Senga G. among others. by parity of reasoning. with conclusiveness. Title I of Commonwealth Act No. to arbitrate disputes betwe en the legislative and executive branches of government on the proper constitutional parameters of power. Aug. an officer whose name was dropped from the roll of officers cannot be considered to be outside the jurisdiction of military aut horities when military justice proceedings were initiated against him before the termination of his service. The provision requires that the inquiry be done in accordance with the Senate or House¶s duly published rules of procedure. or to any person for that matter. Article VIII of the Constitution. attendance or non -attendance in legislative inquiries. the Chief Executive is nonetheless obliged to comply with the final orders of the courts. Courts are empowered. He cites Article 2. it continues until his case is terminated. The President’s prerogatives as commander-in-chief are not hampered by the same limitations as in executive privilege. Should neither branch yield to the other branch¶s assertion. Section 21 also mandates that the rights of persons appearing in or affected by such inquiries be respected. 15. In Senate. considering his retirement last 4 October 2005. By this and.

Biazon invited several senior officers of the AFP. Nevertheless. prompting Gen. Gen. to appear at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security concerning the conduct of the 2004 elections wherein allegations of massive cheating and the “Hello Garci” tapes emerged. Senga to order them subjected to General Court Martial proceedings for willfully violating an order of a superior officer. and that as a consequence a military officer who defies such injunction is liable under military justice. The President’s prerogatives . Any military official whom Congress summons to testify before it may be compelled to do so by the President. but on the Chief Executive’s power as commander-in-chief to control the actions and speech of members of the armed forces. ISSUE: • Whether or not the President can prevent military officers from testifying at a legislative inquiry RULING: We hold that the President has constitutional authority to do so. Col. At the same time. Sen. and affirmed that the privilege must be formally invoked on specified grounds. 2005. In doing so. President Arroyo issued EO 464. including Gen. Ability of President to prevent military officers from testifying before Congress is based on Commander-in-chief powers As earlier noted. the Court recognized the considerable limitations on executive privilege. Balutan testified before said Committee. we ruled in Senate that the President may not issue a blanket requirement of prior consent on executive officials summoned by the legislature to attend a congressional hearing. which was subsequently declared unconstitutional. by virtue of her power as commander-in-chief. the President may be commanded by judicial order to compel the attendance of the military officer.On Sept. prohibiting Gen. However. the ability of the President to prevent military officers from testifying before Congress does not turn on executive privilege. Gudani and Col. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Final judicial orders have the force of the law of the land which the President has the duty to faithfully execute. Gudani. we also hold that any chamber of Congress which seeks the appearance before it of a military officer against the consent of the President has adequate remedies under law to compel such attendance. If the President is not so inclined. In the meantime. Senga issued a Memorandum. Gudani. Balutan and company from appearing before the Senate Committee without Presidential approval. 22.

yet it is on the President that the Constitution vests the title as commander-in-chief and all the prerogatives and functions appertaining to the position. the exigencies of military discipline and the chain of command mandate that the President’s ability to control the individual members of the armed forces be accorded the utmost respect. RATIONALE: Our ruling that the President could. Reciprocal courtesy idealizes this relationship. does not enjoy a similar dynamic with either the legislative or executive branches. as a general rule. The judiciary. coordinate branch of government to the legislative creates a wrinkle to any basic rule that persons summoned to testify before Congress must do so.as commander-in-chief are not hampered by the same limitations as in executive privilege. Congress holds significant control over the armed forces in matters such as budget appropriations and the approval of higherrank promotions. The impasse did not come to pass in this petition. We believe and hold that our constitutional and legal order sanctions a modality by which members of the military may be compelled to attend legislative inquiries even if the President desires otherwise. The remedy lies with the courts. Where a military officer is torn between obeying the President and obeying the Senate. The fact that the executive branch is an equal. There is considerable interplay between the legislative and executive branches. the Constitution prescribes that it is the President. The Constitution itself recognizes as one of the legislature’s functions is the conduct of inquiries in aid of legislation. the Court will without hesitation affirm that the officer has to choose the President. a modality which does not offend the Chief Executive’s prerogatives as commander-in-chief. the third coordinate branch of government. who is the commander-inchief of the armed forces. Inasmuch as it is ill-advised for Congress to interfere with the President’s power as commander-in-chief. the clash may soon loom or actualize. After all. the refusal of the President to allow members of the military to appear before Congress is still subject to judicial relief. Again. since petitioners testified anyway despite the presidential prohibition. hence. Remedy is judicial relief At the same time. require military officers to seek presidential approval before appearing before Congress is based foremost on the notion that a contrary rule unduly diminishes the prerogatives of the President as commander-in-chief. and not the Senate. it is only as a last resort that one branch seeks to compel the other to a particular mode of behavior. Whatever . it is similarly detrimental for the President to unduly interfere with Congress’s right to conduct legislative inquiries. informed by due deference and respect as to their various constitutional functions. Yet the Court is aware that with its pronouncement today that the President has the right to require prior consent from members of the armed forces.

Held: Under Section 19. which provides that a resolution authorizes a Local Government Unit to exercise eminent domain. January 31. Petitioner also relies on the Implementing Rules. MUNICIPALITY OF PARAÑAQUE VS. G. the latter is a law. which is obviously no longer in effect. R. A resolution is not an ordinance.weakness inheres on judicial power due to its inability to originate national policies and legislation. The case cited by Petitioner involves BP 337. Petitioner cites a previous case wherein a resolution gave authority to exercise eminent domain. Issue: Whether or Not an LGU can exercise its power of eminent domain pursuant to a resolution by its law-making body. such is balanced by the fact that it is the branch empowered by the Constitution to compel obeisance to its rulings by the other branches of government. which was the previous Local Government Code. 2009 Posted by Coffeeholic Writes Labels: Case Digests. Political Law Facts: Petitioner sought to exercise its power of eminent domain based on a resolution by the municipal council. 20 JUL 1998] Saturday. of the present Local Government Code (RA 7160). it is stated as the first requisite that LGUs can exercise its power of eminent domain if there is an ordinance enacted by its legislative body enabling the municipal chief executive. . the former is only an opinion of a lawmaking body. VM REALTY CORPORATION [292 SCRA 676. NO. 127820.

31 October 1919] First Division. with her husband. was not necessary as a public improvement. that existing street and roads furnished ample means of communication for the public in the district covered by such proposed expropriation. and would create irreparable loss and injury to the Chinese Community and to all those persons owning and interested in the graves and monuments which would have to be destroyed. Feliza Concepcion de Delgado.City of Manila v. Johnson (J): 4 concur Facts: On 11 December. denied each and every allegation of the complaint. and each of the other defendants. having for its purpose the benefit and general welfare of the Chinese Community of the City of Manila. the city of Manila presented a petition in the Court of First Instance (CFI) of Manila praying that certain lands (extension of Rizal Avenue within Block 3 of the district of Binondo) be expropriated for the purpose of constructing a public improvement.) from all liability under the complaint. . 1916. that it was the owner of parcels one and two of the land described in paragraph 2 of the complaint. that the lands in question had been used by the Chinese Community for cemetery purposes.RA 7160 prevails over the Implementing Rules. Judge Simplicio del Rosario decided that there was no necessity for the expropriation of the strip of land and absolved each and all of the defendants (Chinese Community. Chinese Community of Manila [GR14355. without any finding as to costs. the former being the law itself and the latter only an administrative rule which cannot amend the former. would require the expenditure of a large sum of money in the transfer or removal of the bodies to some other place or site and in the purchase of such new sites. answering separately. other routes were available. and that the expropriation. that a great number of Chinese were buried in said cemetery. it would disturb the resting places of the dead. that it denied that it was either necessary or expedient that the said parcels be expropriated for street purposes. in fact. Ildefonso Tambunting. 31 October 1919] City of Manila v. Jose Maria Delgado. spouses Delgado. Constitutional Law II . The Comunidad de Chinos de Manila [Chinese Community of Manila] alleged in its answer that it was a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Philippine Islands. Chinese Community of Manila [GR14355. et. that if said expropriation be carried into effect. the City of Manila appealed. would involve the destruction of existing monuments and the erection of new monuments in their stead. that it had a Torrens title for the lands in question. al. that the City was without right or authority to expropriate said cemetery or any part or portion thereof for street purposes. which would fully satisfy the City’s purposes.Book 2005 . that if the construction of the street or road should be considered a public necessity. Tambunting. From the judgment. presented substantially the same defense as that presented by the Comunidad de Chinos de Manila and Ildefonso Tambunting. at much less expense and without disturbing the resting places of the dead. answering the petition. and alleged that said expropriation was not a public improvement.

Political Law Facts: The municipal council of baao. 2009 Posted by Coffeeholic Writes Labels: Case Digests. or church) and seems to have been established under governmental authority. may be expropriated for the construction of a public improvement. PEOPLE VS. except in cases of necessity. Section 2429 of Act 2711 (Charter of the city of Manila) provides that the city (Manila) may condemn private property for public use. and any person. Section 241 of said Act provides that the Government of the Philippine Islands. The Charter of the city of Manila. or of any municipality. the right to condemn private property for public use. by law. Where a cemetery is open to the public. contains no procedure by which the said authority may be carried into effect.Issue: Whether portions of the Chinese Cemetery. or neighborhood. or of any province or department thereof. While cemeteries and sepulchers and the places of the burial of the dead are still within the memory and command of the active care of the living. should be maintained. Held: No. shall not be allowed and therefore be destroyed at the expense of the owner. and before it can exercise the right some law must exist conferring the power upon it. but (b) also that the right or authority is being exercised in accordance with the law. a public cemetery. To disturb the mortal remains of those endeared to us in life sometimes becomes the sad duty of the living. it is a public use and no part of the ground can be taken for other public uses under a general authority. however. 29 Aug 1958] Saturday. should be violated.R. shall exercise that right in the manner prescribed by Section 242 to 246. Herein appellant filed a written request with the incumbent municipal mayor for a permit to construct a building adjacent to their gasoline station on a parcel of land registered in Fajardo's name. When the courts come to determine the question. enacted an ordinance. Herein. the cemetery in question is public (a cemetery used by the general community. January 31. No. while they are still devoted to pious uses and sacred regard. located along the national highway and separated from the public plaza . or public or private corporation having. which will destroy the view of the plaza. the sanctity of the grave. but. FAJARDO [104 Phil 443. as the Spanish Governor-General. in an order creating the same. or for laudable purposes. and the preventative aid of the courts should be invoked for that object. The right of expropriation is not an inherent power in a municipal corporation. they must not only find (a) that a law or authority exists for the exercise of the right of eminent domain. L-12172. under such circumstances. camarines sur stating among others that construction of a building. it is difficult to believe that even the legislature would adopt a law expressly providing that such places. Act 190 provides for how right of eminent domain may be exercised. G. the last resting place of our friends.

it oversteps the bounds of police power. being urban in . in effect. every structure that may be erected on appellants' land. Hence this appeal. The request was denied. and amounts to a taking of appellant’s property without just compensation. The ordinance is unreasonable and oppressive. their former house having been destroyed by a typhoon and hitherto they had been living on leased property. because they needed a place of residence very badly. The appellants would. hence. but again the mayor turned down the request. Defendants reiterated their request for a building permit. As the case now stands.by a creek. in that it operates to permanently deprive appellants of the right to use their own property. appellants proceeded with the construction of the building without a permit. regardless of its own beauty. Thereafter. stands condemned under the ordinance in question. for the reason among others that the proposed building would destroy the view or beauty of the public plaza. Whereupon. be constrained to let their land remain idle and unused for the obvious purpose for which it is best suited. We do not overlook that the modern tendency is to regard the beautification of neighborhoods as conducive to the comfort and happiness of residents. defendants were charged in violation of the ordinance and subsequently convicted. because it would interfere with the view of the public plaza from the highway. It is not a valid exercise of police power. Issue: of Whether or Not the ordinance is a valid exercise police power. Held: No.

and that.00 that were erected and already established on the property. the CFI of Pampanga. Zaldivar (J): 7 concur.character. 4 took no part Facts: The Republic of the Philippines occupied the land of Carmen M. and Maria Nieves Toledo Gozun over 3 parcels of land situated in the barrio of San Jose. the judicial administratrix of the estate of the late Alfonso de Castellvi. After the parties filed their respective memoranda. On 21 June 1961 the Republic filed a motion for a new trial and/or reconsideration. Vda. 15 August 1974] En Banc. that the court appoints 3 commissioners to ascertain and report to the court the just compensation for the property sought to be expropriated.000 per hectare. and required the Republic to pay interests. Vda. from 1 July 1947. informing the latter that the heirs of the property had decided not to continue leasing the property in question because they had decided to subdivide the land for sale to the general public. de Castellvi. Meanwhile.669. the acquisition of the property by means of expropriation proceedings would be recommended to the President. Castellvi then brought suit in the Court of First Instance (CFI) of Pampanga (Civil Case 1458). While this ejectment case was pending. de Castellvi [GR L-20620. demanding that the property be vacated within 30 days from receipt of the letter. the Republic alleged. the Republic sought to renew the same but Castellvi refused. In its complaint. finding that the unanimous recommendation of the commissioners of P10. de Castellvi [GR L-20620. and prayed. Floridablanca. dismissed Civil Case 1458.Book 2005 . upon petition of the parties. to eject the Philippine Air Force from the land. that the provisional value of the lands be fixed at P259. there being no other recourse. and that the premises be returned in substantially the same condition as before occupancy. against which motion Castellvi and ToledoGozun filed their respective oppositions.10.Republic vs. that the fair market value of the above-mentioned lands. The Republic was placed in possession of the lands on 10 August 1959. Castellvi wrote to the Chief of Staff of the AFP on 11 July 1956. To legally achieve that result. Constitutional Law II . by virtue of a contract of lease. rendered its decision. saying that it was difficult for the army to vacate the premises in view of the permanent installations and other facilities worth almost P500. on 21 November 1959. The Chief of Staff refused.10. the trial court. that the court authorizes the Republic to take immediate possession of the lands upon deposit of that amount with the Provincial Treasurer of Pampanga.000. according to the Committee on Appraisal for the Province of Pampanga. vda. on 26 May 1961. the municipality must give appellants just compensation and an opportunity to be heard. and which the trial court denied on 12 July 1961. was not more than P2. and that the court issues thereafter a final order of condemnation.00 per square meter for the 3 lots subject of the action is fair and just. When the AFP refused to vacate the leased premises after the termination of the contract. 15 August 1974] Republic vs. among other things. on a year to year basis (from July 1 of each year to June 30 of the succeeding year).669. the Republic filed on 26 June 1959 complaints for eminent domain against Castellvi. or a total market value of P259. The . Pampanga. Before the expiration of the contract of lease on 30 June 1956.

Second. it is undisputed that the Republic was placed in possession of the Castellvi property. The “taking” of Castellvi’s property for purposes of eminent domain cannot be considered to have taken place in 1947 when the Republic commenced to occupy the property as lessee thereof. on 10 August 1959. after filing various exparte motions for extension of time within which to file its record on appeal. On 26 July 1962 the trial court issued an order. Fourth. thereby . or indefinite period. This Court has ruled that when the taking of the property sought to be expropriated coincides with the commencement of the expropriation proceedings. On 27 December 1961 the trial court dismissed both appeals for having been filed out of time. by authority of the court. therefore.” and at the same time it ordered the Solicitor General to submit a record on appeal containing copies of orders and pleadings specified therein. a non-stock. The “taking” of the Castellvi property for the purposes of determining the just compensation to be paid must. be reckoned as of 26 June 1959 when the complaint for eminent domain was filed. the property must be devoted to a public use or otherwise informally appropriated or injuriously affected. against which motion Castellvi and Toledo-Gozun filed their opposition. v. non-profit organization of newspaper and magazine . Comelec 244 SCRA 272 Facts: Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with prayer for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order.Republic’s record on appeal was finally submitted on 6 December 1961. the “just compensation” is to be determined as of the date of the filing of the complaint. Held: A number of circumstances must be present in the “taking” of property for purposes of eminent domain. the just compensation should be determined as of the date of the filing of the complaint. the expropriator must enter a private property. or takes place subsequent to the filing of the complaint for eminent domain. In an order dated 19 November 1962. Press Institute. PPI. Issue: Whether the taking of Castellvi’s property occurred in 1947 or in 1959. and subsequently an amended record on appeal. Toledo-Gozun did not appeal. First. Third. stating that “in the interest of expediency. Fifth. and that the just compensation to be paid for the Castellvi property should not be determined on the basis of the value of the property as of that year. namely: (1) that the entrance and occupation by the condemnor must be for a permanent. The “taking’ of the Castellvi property should not be reckoned as of the year 1947 when the Republic first occupied the same pursuant to the contract of lease. Two essential elements in the “taking” of property under the power of eminent domain. the trial court approved the Republic’s record on appeal as amended. Castellvi did not insist on her appeal. the questions raised may be properly and finally determined by the Supreme Court. Phil. and (2) that in devoting the property to public use the owner was ousted from the property and deprived of its beneficial use. On 11 January 1962 the Republic filed a “motion to strike out the order of 27 December 1961 and for reconsideration”. the entrance into private property must be for more than a momentary period. Under Section 4 of Rule 67 of the Rules of Court. the utilization of the property for public use must be in such a way as to oust the owner and deprive him of all beneficial enjoyment of the property. Herein. were not present when the Republic entered and occupied the Castellvi property in 1947. the entry into the property should be under warrant or color of legal authority. Inc.

constitute impositions of involuntary servitude. Section 2 of Resolution No. Article III of the 1987 Constitution. . 2772 is a permissible exercise of the power of supervision or regulation of the Comelec over the communication and information operations of print media enterprises during the election period to safeguard and ensure a fair. Section 2 suffers from a fatal constitutional vice and must be set aside and nullified. purports to require print media enterprises to "donate" free print space to Comelec. the Solicitor General argues that even if the questioned Resolution and its implementing letter directives are viewed as mandatory. At the same time. 2772 is violative of the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. 2772. 2772 does not impose upon the publishers any obligation to provide free print space in the newspapers as it does not provide any criminal or administrative sanction for non-compliance with that Resolution. 2772. against the taking of private property for public use without just compensation. in its present form and as interpreted by Comelec in its 22 March 1995 letter directives. justiciable case or controversy. The Solicitor General also maintains that Section 8 of Resolution No. 2772 unconstitutional and void on the ground that it violates the prohibition imposed by the Constitution upon the government. 2772 in its present form and the related letter-directives dated 22 March 1995 are hereby SET ASIDE as null and void. Held: Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition is GRANTED in part and Section 2 of Resolution No. On the other hand. the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition must be dismissed for lack of an actual. No pronouncement as to costs. impartial and credible election. and the Temporary Restraining Order is hereby MADE PERMANENT. Petitioner also contends that the 22 March 1995 letter directives of Comelec requiring publishers to give free "Comelec Space" and at the same time process raw data to make it camera-ready." the procedure for and mode of allocation of such space to candidates and the conditions or requirements for the candidate's utilization of the "Comelec space" procured.publishers. the questioned Resolution merely established guidelines to be followed in connection with the procurement of "Comelec space. however. to the extent it relates to Section 8 of Resolution No. To the extent it pertains to Section 8 of Resolution No. Finally. 2772 issued by respondent Commission on Elections is valid. 2772. Issue: Whether or not Resolution No. the same would nevertheless be valid as an exercise of the police power of the State. and any of its agencies. The Petition is DISMISSED in part. PPI argues that Section 8 of Comelec Resolution No. contrary to the provisions of Section 18 (2). of the press and of expression. The Office of the Solicitor General filed its Comment on behalf of respondent Comelec alleging that Comelec Resolution No. As such. asks us to declare Comelec Resolution No. According to the Solicitor General.

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