Washington Law Review


This Comment analyzes current Philippine land reform efforts, focusing on the constitutional definition of just compensation. First, the Comment discusses past Philippine land reform efforts. Second, the Comment analyzes legal arguments relating to a fair market value interpretation of just compensation. The Comment concludes that just compensation does not need to be interpreted as fair market value. In fact, such an interpretation may effectively abort any land reform effort in the Philippines, and perpetuate the structure of land ownership which the constitution seeks to remedy. Finally, this Comment proposes an alternative interpretation for land reform valuation that meets the just compensation language.

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