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2016, February 1.  Senate of the Philippines Centenary

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles,  Sheets of  40



15p  Philippine Senate Logo - Singles  (101,000) 



First Day Covers:  Manila





Senate of the Philippines Centennial

Senate of the Philippines.  The legislature in any society performs the important function of deliberating policies for the people and passing them in the form of statutes.

Although the Philippine Legislature was organized only in 1916, it had deep roots in the past.  Long before the Spanish rulers came to the Philippines, the people in their barangays were already governed by a set of rules by their chief.  Over the long span of Spanish and American rule, various  forms of legislative structures  were set up to perpetuate the colonial rulers’ desire to rule the country.

The Filipinos, just like other colonized people, fought for independence from colonial rule. During this struggle, they also recognized the critical role that a legislature could play in the movement for independence. After the victory over Spain, they established the Malolos Congress, based on their Constitution. The Philippine Legislature, composed of the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives, was created under the Philippine Autonomy Act, popularly known as the Jones Law, which was passed by the Congress of the United States and became law on August 29, 1916. It served as the legislative body of the Philippines from October 1916 to November 1935, until it was succeeded by the National Assembly upon the inauguration on November 15, 1935 of the Commonwealth provided in the Constitution of the Philippines.

With independence from America in 1946, the legislature was called the Philippine Congress which shared governmental powers with the executive and the judiciary. 

In 1972, the President declared martial law and Congress was abolished. The bloodless coup of February 22-25, 1986, brought forth a new regime and restored the bicameral congress which is the present set-up of the Philippine Legislature.




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