Reasonable interpretation, Statutory Construction

“[T]he law must be given a reasonable interpretation at all times. The Court may, in some instances, consider the spirit and reason of a statute, where a literal meaning would lead to absurdity, contradiction, or injustice, or would defeat the clear purpose of the law makers. Applying a verba legis or strictly literal interpretation of the constitution may render its provisions meaningless and lead to inconvenience, an absurd situation, or an injustice. To obviate this aberration, and bearing in mind the principle that the intent or the spirit of the law is the law itself, resort should be made to the rule that the spirit of the law controls its letter.” (Chavez v. Judicial and Bar Council, En Banc, G.R. No. 202242, July 17, 2012, Per Mendoza, J.)

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