There are many political and social debates worldwide. The same can be said for the Philippines. One question that is debated on a regular basis is whether or not the Bill of Rights is properly enforceable today, as well as what may happen if it isn’t.
The Bill of Rights, also known as the Constitution Act of 1791 and Constitution Act 1867 in Canada, was created to outline the fundamental legal rights (or liberties) of citizens in their country. Essentially, it lays out some rules that all people need to follow so they are treated justly within society.
The Bill of Rights is not an absolute document. This means that it does not give everyone the same rights and freedoms and can be changed by majority vote in a public referendum. For example, in a democratic country like the USA, people need to vote on proposed amendments to the constitution and these are then put into a public referendum for all to vote on.
Then, if people vote for these changes, they become law. The current Bill of Rights was created in 1833 and as of present day (2018), it continues to provide equality and protection for some of society’s most basic rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom from slavery.