Special Sub-Topic: Preamble to the Constitution of the Philippines
|We, the ______ Filipino people ...|
sovereign. Instead of leaving it as the "Filipino people" similar to the preamble of the constitution of the United States, the constitutional convention inserted "sovereign".
|Imploring the aid of ________ ...|
Almighty God. Unlike the constitution of the United States, the Philippine constitution mentions God in the preamble. This is a testament to the strength of the faith of the Filipino people as just below 90% of them are Catholics.
|In order to build a just and _____ society ...|
humane. It is comparable to the "perfect union" of the United States of America, as the Philippines' "humane society".
|And establish a government that shall _____ our ideals and aspirations.|
embody. Interestingly enough, most of the Filipino people live in poverty and utter misery. Statistics and surveys put them in "Class F", the lowest in the hierarchial pyramid. Deposed President Joseph Estrada, who promised to get them out of poverty and to embody their ideals, went to jail for plunder, corruption and constitutional violations.
|Promote the common good, conserve and develop our ________. |
patrimony. A lot of my friends have asked me for its meaning. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
'1 : an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor b : anything derived from one's father or ancestors : HERITAGE
2 : an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church.'
|And secure to ourselves and our _______ ...|
posterity. Both the preambles of the constitutions of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America have the word "posterity". The Philippines has chosen to model its government on the United States. In the impeachment trial of the deposed President Joseph ejecito Estrada (which was cancelled as he was forced to resign because of the People Power Revolution in 2001) an almost exact copy of the procedures, articles and such of impeachment in the United States were used.
|The blessings of independence and _______ under the rule of law ...|
democracy. The Philippines has both a democratic and republican type of government. However, more than many other countries, a lot of cheating has happened in the past and most likely will happen again in the future for the presidency and other top positions. This can be seen in the projects as they are of poor quality while the bank accounts of many leaders in the country continue to grow.
|And a _____ of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace ...|
regime. Usually used to describe infamous governments (i.e. the Iraqi regime), it is used in the preamble of the constitution of the Philippines.
|Do _____ ...|
ordain. It seems all too obvious that those people who prepared the constitution uphold very religious tones of vocabulary by their selection of words in the preamble.
|And _______ this constitution.
promulgate. It is the last verb in the context of the preamble.
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