Washington Law Review


Ewald E. Selph


The Philippine Constitution was adopted pursuant to the mandate of the Tydings-McDuffie Law that it should be republican in form and contain a bill of rights. It contains a declaration of principles which includes five major items. These are: the Philippines are a republican state and sovereignty resides in, and all government authority emanates from, the people; national defense is the prime duty of government and all citizens may be required by law to render personal military or civil service; war is renounced as an instrument of national policy and the generally accepted principles of international law are adopted as part of the nation's law; aid and support should be given by the government to parents in rearing youth for civic efficiency; and that the promotion of social justice to insure the well-being and economic security of all the people should be the concern of the state.

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