1. Existence of bill of rights 2. The observance of the rule of the majority. 3. The observance of the principles that ours is a government of laws and not of men. 4. The presence of election through popular will 5. The observance of the principle of separation of powers and the system of checks and balance 6. The observance of the principle that the legislature cannot pass irreparable laws 7. The observance of the law on public officers 8. The observance of the principles that the state cannot be used without its consent.
From the movie Dekada 70, whereas martial law existed, and the horror experienced by the family. The mother (played by Vilma Santos) mother of 5 boys and a simple housewife which later on she stands for her rights. During the Marcos rein the horror of Martial law which they had experienced during the year 1970. The observance of the principle the legislature cannot pass irreparable laws which was experience of the 2nd son (which was played by Marvin Agustin) he was secretly a writer, a writer which was full of angst and he called for peaceful evolution, change in the form of expression.
Dekada '70 (Dekada '70: Ang Orihinal at Kumpletong Edisyon), translated into Filipino as the '70s decade, is a Filipino novel written by Lualhati Bautista. Dekada '70 is the story of a family caught in the middle of the tumultuous decade of the 1970's. It details how a middle class family struggled with and faced the new changes that empowered Filipinos to rise against the Marcos government. These series of events all happened after the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the proclamation of Martial Law, the bombing of Plaza Miranda, the random arrests of political prisoners.
The oppressiveness of the Marcos regime made people become more radical. This shaping of the decade are all witnessed by the female character, Amanda Bartolome, a mother of five boys. While Amanda's sons grow, form individual beliefs and lead different lives, Amanda awakens her identity to state her stand as a Filipino citizen, mother and woman. Dekada '70 introduces the new generations of Filipino readers to a story and a family of a particular time in Philippine history.
Its appeal lies in the evolution of its characters that embody the new generation of Filipinos. It is the story about a mother and her family, and the society around them that affects them. It is a tale of how a mother becomes torn between the letter of the law and her responsibilities as a mother. A defining but not subversive Filipino novel, Dekada '70 was one of the two grand prize winners for the 1983 Palanca Awards for the novel. It was adapted into a film by Star Cinema in 2003, starring Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos.