Section 1-3

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  Article VI Section 1-3  Section 1 ã The legislative power shall be vested in the Congress of the Philippines which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives, except to the extent reserved to the people by the provision on initiative and referendum  Legislative Powers ã Definitions of Terms:    – Legislative Power  –  essentially the authority under the Constitution to make laws and to alter and repeal them.  – Law  –  written enactments of the legislature governing the relations of the people among themselves or the government and its agencies.  – Congress  –  a double-chamber body consisting of the Senate and the House of Representative making it a Bicameral Legislature.  Legislative Powers ã Functions of Laws    – Through laws, the legislature defines the: ã Rights and duties of citizen ã Impose taxes ã Appropriate funds ã Defines crimes and their punishment ã Creates and abolishes government offices  – In general laws regulate human conduct and use of poverty for promotion for the poor  – Laws are void or valid when tested by their conformity to the constitution.
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