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).
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.
The grand axiom Salus populi est suprema lex
(the welfare of the people is the supreme law) may be invoked extra-constitutionally (beyond the constitutional text) to render social justice, famously wrote the eminent Justice Jose P.