Tribune of the People


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Tribune of the People

 

(Latin, tribunus plebis), in ancient Rome beginning in 494 B.C., a high official chosen from among the plebeians. Tribunes of the people possessed the right to intervene in the activities of patrician magistrates and the Senate and to veto their decisions. Originally the tribunes, who were elected annually by the plebeian assembly, numbered between two and five but were later increased to ten. Their persons were deemed sacrosanct and therefore inviolable. As representatives of the people, they often initiated agrarian laws and democratic reforms, such as those of Gaius Flaminius and Lucius Appuleius Saturninus. Indeed, the greatest advances in the democratic movement in Rome resulted from the efforts of two tribunes of the people, Tiberius Gracchus and Gaius Gracchus.

Under the empire, the institution of tribunes of the people was retained, but the tribunes lost their real importance. Tribunician power was assumed by the emperors, who followed the precedent set by Julius Caesar.

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In his presentation as Tribune of the People, Hilbay said there is no evidence showing that the three constitutions intend to deny foundlings, or children with no known parents their status as Filipinos.
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The SolGen, being the Tribune of the People, can better explain the wisdom of the sovereign Filipinos in adopting the Constitution and its provisions in order to build a just and humane society and create a government responsive to their needs, Poe's counsel George Garcia said.
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When the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) invokes its prerogative as the tribune of the people, it is a manifestation that it is taking a position different from that of a client agency, he told the Inquirer on Wednesday.
Asked about his change of tune, Hilbay said he was invoking the prerogative of the OSG to act as the tribune of the people and that it was the constitutionally and legally correct thing to do.
Solicitor General Florin Hilbay thus performs his office's proverbial role as the tribune of the people to call out erring government agencies rather than defend them.
Referring to his office as the Tribune of the People, Hilbay said the impairment of the monument's physical integrity warrants the declaration by this honorable court that the construction of the Torre de Manila is illegal.