Bill of Rights v Social Justice • • Police Power • The most essential, insistent and the least limitable power, extending to all the great public needs. “That inherent and plenary power in the State which enables is to prohibit all that is hurtful to the comfort, safety, and welfare of society.” Rests upon public necessity and upon the right of the State and of the public to self‐ protection. National government exercises police power through the legislative department (delegated to local governments). Bill of Rights civil and political rights. Can be appeased in the absence of implementing legislation. Social Justice social and economic rights; requires implementing legislation.
**Acebedo Optical case: LG may regulate business but may not engage in the licensing or regulation of professions. **MMDA Case: Police power in Metro Manila is exercised by the cities and municipalities. MMDA is an executive authority and has no police power. • The state may prohibit gambling and make violation a criminal offense. But gambling per se is not immoral. It can also order the closure of commercial blood banks since it is a valid exercise of police power to protect public health.
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