"We divided the powers of government guided by the Filipino spirit of bayanihan where both the federal government and the federated regions govern the people less in competition but more in cooperation and aligned with the maxim the welfare of the people is the supreme law: Salus populi est suprema lex
," Puno added.
Campanilla and the more than 500 members of LEAP have argued that if true popular sovereignty is present in our country then it is but proper to place the ultimate authority of electing its highest official in the hands of its citizen in consonance to that universally accepted precept SALUS POPULI EST SUPREMA LEX
(The Will of the People is the Supreme Law).
See BALLENTINE'S LAW DICTIONARY 454-55 (2005) ("Salus populi est suprema lex
. The welfare of the people is the highest law." (emphasis added)).
Anachronistic it may seem, in the instant situation obtaining, best it be that the people themselves decide: Salus populi est suprema lex
Conventional wisdom therefore dictates that instead of anchoring our national destiny on a vague and ambiguous constitutional provision, it is best that this issue be resolved in consonance with the principle salus populi est suprema lex
or the will of the people is the supreme law, Campanilla said.