The Philippines - Government
The new Philippine Constitution was ratified in early 1987, signalling the country's return to democracy.
EXECUTIVE BRANCH: Chief of State: President Benigno S. Aquino III (since 30 June 2010) and Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay (since 30 June 2010); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government.
Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the President with the consent of the Commission of Appointments' elections: president and vice-president elected on separate tickets by popular vote for six-year terms; election last held 10 May 2010.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: Bicameral Congress or Kongreso consists of the Senate or Senado (24 seats: one-half elected every three years; members elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and the House of Representatives or Kapulungan Ng Mga Kinatawan (214 seats: members elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms. Additional members may be appointed by the President but the Constitution prohibits the House of Representatives from having more than 250 members) Elections: Senate - last held 10 May 2010 ; House of Representatives - elections last held 10 May 2010.
JUDICIAL BRANCH: Supreme Court (justices are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Judicial and Bar Council and serve until 70 years of age).
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION
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