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1987 Philippine constitutional plebiscite

A constitutional plebiscite was held in the Philippines on 2 February 1987.

The plebiscite is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 3 which was issued on 25 March 1986[1] by President Corazon Aquino. It abolished the Office of the Prime Minister and the Regular Batasang Pambansa (English: National Assembly). Multi-party elections were held accordingly in 1987.

Background of the new constitutionEdit

In 1986, following the People Power Revolution which ousted Ferdinand Marcos as president, and following her own inauguration, Corazon Aquino issued Proclamation No. 3, declaring a national policy to implement the reforms mandated by the people, protecting their basic rights, adopting a provisional constitution, and providing for an orderly transition to a government under a new constitution.[2] President Aquino later issued Proclamation No. 9, creating a Constitutional Commission (popularly abbreviated as "ConCom" in the Philippines) to frame a new constitution to replace the 1973 Constitution, which took effect during the martial law regime of her predecessor. President Aquino appointed 50 members to the Commission. The members of the Commission were drawn from varied backgrounds, including several former senators and congressmen, a former Supreme Court Chief Justice (Roberto Concepcion), a Catholic bishop (Teodoro Bacani), and a noted film director (Lino Brocka). President Aquino also deliberately appointed five members, including former Labor Minister Blas Ople, who had been allied with President Marcos until the latter's ouster. After the Commission had convened, it elected as its president Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, who had emerged as a leading figure in the anti-Marcos opposition following her retirement as the first female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

The Commission finished the draft charter within four months after it was convened. Several issues were heatedly debated during the sessions, including on the form of government to adopt, the abolition of the death penalty, the continued retention of the Clark and Subic American military bases, and the integration of economic policies into the Constitution. Brocka walked out of the Commission before its completion (formally resigning on August 28, 1986[3]), and two other delegates dissented from the final draft. The ConCom completed their task on October 12, 1986 and presented the draft constitution to President Aquino on October 15, 1986. After a period of nationwide information campaign, a plebiscite for its ratification was held on February 2, 1987. More than three-fourths of all votes cast were for ratification. Thus, it was on February 2, 1987 that the 1987 Constitution took effect. On February 11, 1987, President Aquino, other government officials, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, pledged allegiance to the Constitution. Since then, February 2 has been celebrated as Constitution Day, the date of the plebiscite.


Philippine constitutional plebiscite, 1987
Choice Votes %
  Yes 16,622,111 77.04
No 4,953,375 22.96
Valid votes 21,575,486 99.04
Invalid or blank votes 209,730 0.96
Total votes 21,785,216 100.00

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1986 Provisional "Freedom" Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines - Corpus Juris". Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  2. ^ "1986 Provisional "Freedom" Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines". 25 March 1986. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  3. ^ http://elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph/thebookshelf/showdocs/24/50984

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