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The System of Checks and Balances: A Look at the Commission Appointments

The Republic of the Philippines follows a presidential system of government divided into three departments:(1) the legislative department, which deals with the making of the laws; (2) the executive department, which deals with the enforcement of laws; and (3) the judicial department, which deals with the settlement of disputes and controversies .

According to Justice Laurel, the doctrine of separation of powers is intended to secure action, to forestall over action, to prevent despotism and to obtain efficiency. However, a government cannot function efficiently by strictly following this principle of separation of powers.