Senate of the Philippines

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Template:Politics of the Philippines The Senate of the Philippines is the upper chamber of the bicameral legislature of the Philippines, the Congress of the Philippines. Unlike the U.S. Senate, the Philippine Senate is composed of 24 senators who do not represent any particular geographical district.

Senators serve 6-year terms, with half of the senators elected every 3 years. This way, the Senate is a continuous body. The first elections held for the current senate was in 1992. In that election, the top 12 senators served until 1998, while the bottom 12 served until 1995 only. Thereafter, each senator elected serves the full 6 years.

The senate has not always been complete. Currently, there are 23 senators after Senator Teofisto Guingona was appointed vice-president following the ascension of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to presidency.

The senate is the only body authorized to ratify treaties.

Historically, senators did represent groups of provinces, but this was removed following the adoption of the 1987 Constitution.

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