2013 (Political Law) Bar Exam Questions: Multiple Choice Question 17

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XVII. Senator GSC proposed a bill increasing excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. The generated incremental revenues shall be used for the universal health care program for all Filipinos and for tobacco farmers’ livelihood. After the Senate passed the bill on third reading, it was transmitted to the House of Representatives which approved the bill in toto. The President eventually signed it into law. Atty. JFC filed a petition before the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of the new law.

Is the law constitutional? (1%)

(A) The law is constitutional because it is for a public purpose and has duly satisfied the three-readings-on-separate-days rule in both Houses.

(B) The law is unconstitional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution; it is limited only to alcohol and liquor products.

(C) It is constitutional because of the Enrolled Bill Theory.

(D) It is constitutional because it is valid in form and substance and complied with the required lawmaking procedures.

(E) None of the above is correct.


  1. Sec. 24, Art. 6
    “Section 24. All appropriation, revenue or tariff bills, bills authorizing increase of the
    public debt, bills of local application, and private bills, shall originate exclusively in the
    House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments.”

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