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"Equality is the soul of liberty, there is in fact, no liberty without it."- France Wright.

All forms of
liberalism assume in some basic sense that individuals are equal. In maintaining that people are
naturally equal, liberals assume that they all possess the same right to liberty in other words, no one is
inherently entitled to enjoy the benefits of liberal society more than anyone else and all are equal
subjects before law. Liberalism is in individualistic and each individual's moral values should be treated
equally to moral ideologies of others. The state ensures there are equal opportunities for all regardless
of gender, status, or age.

Article III of the 1987 Constitution, a bill of rights, otherwise known as the “Charter of Liberty”, may be
defined as a declaration and enumeration of a person’s basic rights and privileges which the Constitution
is designed to protect against violations by the government, or by an individual and a limitation upon
the power of the state [Cooley 534-535; 3 Black, Constitutional Law, 3 rd ed., pp.9-10].

We stand firm affirmation today that liberalism emphasis the social importance accorded to the
individual whether the lowliest in economic or social status are equal to the richest or most influential
because they, too, are endowed with human dignity.

Furthermore, the primarily purpose of government is the protection and preservation of these natural
rights. The natural rights are those possessed by every citizen without being granted by the State for
they are given to man by God as a human being created to His image so that he may live a happy life.
Example are the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to property, and the right to love (De Leon;
Textbook on The Philippine Constitution, 2014 Edition., pp. 125-126).

Justice William Douglas (U.S Supreme Court) says it best: “Man gets his rights from the Creator. Deep
within his conscience, man discovers a law he has not laid upon himself but inscribed by God and which
he must obey. Even natural law, however, imposes limitations against the misuse or abuses in the
exercise of one’s right. Every right involves a corresponding responsibility to others and to society.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Right from December 2017, all human beings are
equal, without distinct of any kind, have fundamental rights to transcend cultures and traditions. It
places the responsibility of respecting and protecting civil rights and fulfilling progressively economic-
social-cultural rights in the hand of the member of the states. Philosophy professor David Schmidtz
explores the basic liberal idea of equality, and its historical significance. The ideals stated in the U.S
Declaration of Independence, declaring that "all men are created equal," refute the notion of a
hierarchical society based on privileged aristocratic classes or castes. In liberal societies we believe in
equal treatment for all under the law, and that our differences should have no effect on our status as
equal citizens. What liberalism stresses is the importance of equality of opportunity and a level playing
field for all.
Overall, it must see that liberalism provides equal opportunities and freedom to every individual
regardless of their gender, status, age, etc. But freedom involves a corresponding responsibility to
others and to society. We strongly affirm that liberalism is the key for the equality. Thank You!