The right to die: A study of Senate Bill 1483 otherwise named as the natural death bill by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

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Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Legal Management

Subject Categories

Commercial Law


Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business


Commercial Law

Thesis Adviser

Hilario S. Caraan

Defense Panel Member

Augusto R. Bundang,
Zenaida S. Manalo


This study aims to answer whether or not the right to life as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution includes the right to die. Senate Bill 1483 provides for that right. This proposed legislation on the 15th say of July 2010 by Senator Miriam Santiago, if enacted to law, would be named as the natural Death Act. This bill provides for the right of the of the patient to decide his/her own health care by issuing a directive in a terminal or permanent unconscious condition to withhold life-sustaining treatment. The right to die or the right to put an end to one's life mentioned in the study does not necessarily mean that the patient wants to die. It just means revocation of life-sustaining treatment, and that the direct consequence of this action would almost always lead to death, in the absence of supernatural circumstances such as miracles, newfound discovery, et cetera. This study aims to primarily determine the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1483 by gathering and analyzing Article III, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution, Article 253 of the Revised Penal Code, Article 6, Section 1 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and related studies relating to those aforementioned, and Political Rights, and related studies relating to those aforementioned, and with Euthanasia, otherwise known as ˜mercy killing".

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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97, [9 unnumbered] leaves

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