In the Russell Crowe megastarrer "Gladiator" the most famous lines are
Proximo: The giraffes you sold me don't mate. They just eat. You sold me queer giraffes.
Maximus: Unleash hell!
Gracchus:I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum.
Lucilla: The Senate has its uses.
In Gladiator, the Senate is pictured as a counterfoil to the Emperor but alas, a scheming one. But Romans wanted it at that. Even then the motto of Rome was, is and will be SPQR Senatus Populasque Romanus.
Is there a Senatus Populasque Philippinarum?