It is the fundamental, paramount, and supreme law of the nation.
It is a social contract that binds, by its terms and conditions, the people and their government in a civil society.
Development of the Philippine Constitution Malolos Constitution 1935 Constitution 1973 Constitution 1987 Constitution First Philippine Constitution Commonwealth Constitution Bagong Lipunan Freedom Constitution
We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
“ xxx to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, xxx under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, xxx”
What kind of country is the Philippines according to our present Constitution?
“ xxx a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people …. “ Art. II Sec. 1
“ xxx renounces war as an instrument of national policy….” Art. II Sec. 2
“ Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military.” Art. II Sec. 3
“ The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people.” Art. II Sec. 4.
“ xxx separation of Church and State….” Art. II Sec 6.
The right to life is the right to GOOD life. The emphasis on the quality of living is found in Article II where Sec. 6 commands the State to promote a life of “ dignity ” and where Sec 7 guarantees “ a descent standard of living .”
The strength of democracy lies not in the rights it guarantees but in the courage of the people to invoke them whenever they are ignored or violated. Rights are but weapons on the wall if, xxx all they do is embellish and impress. Rights, as weapons, must be a promise of protection. They become truly meaningful, and fulfill the role assigned to them in the free society, if they are kept bright and sharp with use by those who are not afraid to assert them.
The petitioner had transported six carabaos in a pump boat from Masbate to Iloilo on January 13, 1984, when they were confiscated by the police station commander of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The petitioner sued for recovery, and the Regional Trial Court of Iloilo City issued a writ of replevin upon his filing of a supersedeas bond of P12,000.00. After considering the merits of the case, the court sustained the confiscation of the carabaos and, since they could no longer be produced, ordered the confiscation of the bond.
RULING: Due process is violated because the owner of the property confiscated is denied the right to be heard in his defense and is immediately condemned and punished. The conferment on the administrative authorities of the power to adjudge the guilt of the supposed offender is a clear encroachment on judicial functions and militates against the doctrine of separation of powers. xxx For these reasons, we hereby declare Executive Order No. 626-A unconstitutional
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EVELYN CHUA-QUA, vs. TAY TUNG HIGH SCHOOL, INC., G.R. No. 49549 August 30, 1990
Tay Tung High School, Inc. is an educational institution in Bacolod City. Petitioner had been employed therein as a teacher since 1963 and in 1976, the class adviser in the sixth grade of Bobby Qua. In the course thereof, the couple fell in love and on December 24, 1975, they got married in a civil ceremony.
In February 4, 1976, private respondent filed an application for clearance to terminate the employment of petitioner on the following ground: "For abusive and unethical conduct unbecoming of a dignified school teacher ….“ As a result thereof, the petitioner was placed under suspension without pay. Petitioner contended that there was nothing immoral, for a teacher to enter into lawful wedlock with her student.
The Supreme Court ruled that there is no substantial evidence of the imputed immoral acts . It follows that the alleged violation of the Code of Ethics governing school teachers would have no basis. The deviation of the circumstances of their marriage from the usual societal pattern cannot be considered as a defiance of contemporary social mores.
In the hierarchy of civil liberties, the rights of free expression and of assembly occupy a preferred position as they are essential to the preservation and vitality of our civil and political institutions.
No. The Supreme Court sustained the measure, noting that it was intended to protect the public from deceptions and misunderstandings that might arise from their accepting receipts in Chinese characters that they did not understand.
(Kwong Sing vs. City of Manila,
41 Phil 103)
PENALTY imposed without DUE PROCESS is INVALID. Cardinal Primary Rights (Ang Tibay vs. CIR) REQUIREMENTS 1. Notice 2. Opportunity to be heard 3. Access to evidence against him 4. Right to adduce evidence 5. Appropriate tribunal constituted as to afford a person charged honesty and impartiality. (Fabella vs. CA)
However, Disciplinary case in school is not subject to rigorous requirements of criminal due process particularly with respect to specification of the charge involved. In ADMU vs. CAPULONG ( G.R. No. 99327 May 27, 1993) “cases involving students need not necessarily include the right to cross examination.
In Diosdado Guzman vs. NU (L-68288, July 11, 1986 142 SCRA 699), The SC dictated the minimum requirements of DUE PROCESS (1) the students must be informed in writing of the nature and cause of any accusation against them; (2) that they shall have the right to answer the charges against them with the assistance of counsel, if desired: (3) they shall be informed of the evidence against them; (4) they shall have the right to adduce evidence in their own behalf; and (5) the evidence must be duly considered by the investigating committee or official designated by the school authorities to hear and decide the case.
MIRIAM COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC. vs. HON. COURT OF APPEALS, (G.R. No. 127930, December 15, 2000)
College Students of Immaculate College published a short story and poems in the school newspaper. In the poem “Virgin Writes Erotic”, the last verse said: “At zenith I pull it out and find myself alone in this fantasy.” The school administrator considered it as obscene and sexually explicit publication. The students were either suspended or dismissed from school. They, however, argued that under RA 7079 (Development and Promotion of School Journalism) a student cannot be penalized solely because of an article written in a student publication. Was the contention of students valid?
NO. The school not only has the right but the duty to develop discipline in its students. The Constitution no less imposes such duty. All educational institutions shall xxx develop moral character and personal discipline. (Art. XIV Sec. 3 (1-2). “ The right of the students to free speech in school premises, xxxx, is not absolute xxxx in light of the special characteristics of the school environment. The power of the school to investigate is an adjunct of its power to suspend or expel. It is a necessary corollary to the enforcement of rules and regulations and the maintenance of a safe and orderly educational environment conducive to learning, xxx is an inherent part of the academic freedom of institutions of higher learning guaranteed by the Constitution xxx and has the authority to hear and decide the cases filed against respondent students.
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