By Prince Golez
The Philippine Constitution remains “dynamic” and “flexible” because it can adapt to the times, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Wednesday.
“It is indeed noteworthy that our Supreme Law remains a dynamic and flexible expression of our collective will, capable of adapting to the changing times and circumstances of our nation,” Marcos Jr. said in his speech in line with the celebration of the Philippine Constitution Day in Malacañang.
The President said the Philippine Constitution has been amended several times to reflect the conditions required for the country to survive challenges on both the domestic and international fronts.
“As we honor the Supreme Law of the land and perpetuate this milestone, it is important to remember that it is through the lessons of the past that we are able to establish a government that embodies our goals and creates a vision for a just and humane society,” according to him.
“As we make sure that the spirit of the Constitution prevails over its letter, we take pride that it reflects the unique history and cultural heritage of the Philippines, includes provisions that protect the rights of indigenous peoples, promote social justice and ensure the protection of the environment,” he added.
Apart from establishing a democratic system of government, which ensures the separation of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches, Marcos Jr. said the Constitution “also guarantees the fundamental rights and freedom of every Filipino.”
“Apart from being an allocation of power, we must also take to heart that the Constitution is also a social contract where the people have bestowed their sovereign powers to the State for the common good,” he said as he raised the need to promote among all Filipinos an understanding of the value of the country’s laws and Constitution.
Aside from public promotion, the Chief Executive shared that creating a “truly just and equitable society is an ongoing process.”
He also recognized the Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA) for defending and promoting the importance of the country’s Charter.
“Your tireless work is an inspiration to us all, and I encourage you to continue your efforts,” Marcos Jr. told the group.
The President also urged PHILCONSA to continue “supporting the government in its efforts to ensure that its plans and programs remain compliant with the tenets of the Constitution and laws of the land.”
“PHILCONSA’s role in safeguarding the Constitution is vital, and I am confident that you will continue to carry out your duties with the same dedication and commitment that you have shown throughout the years,” he concluded.