Category Archives: History

Development and Present Status of Criminal Libel

           Under our law, criminal libel is defined as a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, … Continue reading

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The admissibility of DNA testing as a means for determining paternity

On the second issue, petitioner posits that DNA is not recognized by this Court as a conclusive means of proving paternity. He also contends that compulsory testing violates his right to privacy and right against self-incrimination as guaranteed under the … Continue reading

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History and Nature of Impeachment and Judicial Review

“THE PHILIPPINES IS A DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN STATE.  SOVEREIGNTY RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE AND ALL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY EMANATES FROM THEM.”[1] A Republican form of government rests on the conviction that sovereignty should reside in the people and that all government … Continue reading

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Philippine “Separation of Church and State” Constitutional Clause: Nature, Purpose, Tests Based on Philippine and American Religion Clause History, Law and Jurisprudence

Philippine Religion Clauses: Nature, Purpose, Tests Based on Philippine and American Religion Clause History, Law and Jurisprudence The history of the religion clauses in the 1987 Constitution shows that these clauses were largely adopted from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The … Continue reading

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“Separation of Church and State” in the Philippines

VII. Religion Clauses in the Philippines A. History Before our country fell under American rule, the blanket of Catholicism covered the archipelago.  There was a union of church and state and Catholicism was the state religion under theSpanish Constitution of 1876.  Civil … Continue reading

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“Separation of Church and State” in the United States: Concept, Jurisprudence, Standards

Religion Clauses in the United States: Concept, Jurisprudence, Standards With the widespread agreement regarding the value of the First Amendment religion clauses comes an equally broad disagreement as to what these clauses specifically require, permit and forbid.  No agreement has been reached … Continue reading

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Factors Contributing to the Adoption of the So Called American “Separation of Church and State”

Factors Contributing to the Adoption of the American Religion Clauses Settlers fleeing from religious persecution in Europe, primarily in Anglican-dominated England, established many of the American colonies.  British thought pervaded these colonies as the immigrants brought with them their religious and political … Continue reading

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