Will the adoptee acquire the citizenship of the adopter?

When a person adopts another, all legal ties between the biological parents and the adoptee will be cut and will then be transferred to the adopter. Save of course when the biological parent is the spouse of the adopter. Or when it is the biological parents who adopt their illegitimate children in order to raise … Continue reading Will the adoptee acquire the citizenship of the adopter?

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Children with no middle names

Did you know that there are children with no middle names? I am of course referring to those conceived and born outside a valid marriage called “illegitimate children.” By law, illegitimate children are entitled to use only their given name and the surname of their mother as their surname but with no middle name. They … Continue reading Children with no middle names

Revocation of Adoption

For the first time in my many years as a lawyer, a client asked me recently if it is possible to revoke an adoption. My answer of course was it is possible. Why? Because, as I explained to the client, our laws clearly allow its revocation. But while it is so allowed, I pointed out … Continue reading Revocation of Adoption

Effects of Adoption

When a person adopts another, all legal ties between the biological parents and the adoptee will be cut and will then be transferred to the adopter. Save of course when the biological parent is the spouse of the adopter. Or when it is the biological parents who adopt their illegitimate children in order to raise … Continue reading Effects of Adoption

Why a punong barangay has no veto power

Someone once asked me if a punong barangay, as a local chief executive, can veto an ordinance approved by the sangguniang barangay. My answer of course to that question was NO. Unlike all other local chief executives, such as governors and mayors, a punong barangay has no veto power. He cannot set aside or disapprove … Continue reading Why a punong barangay has no veto power

Why you need to take a look at your birth certificate now

Have you ever gone over your birth certificate? Or do you even have a copy of it? If you still do not have one, then it is high time that you get a copy of it. And as soon as you have it, you need to take a look at all its contents. Do it … Continue reading Why you need to take a look at your birth certificate now

Who will succeed President Duterte if he resigns from office?

President Rodrigo Duterte for the nth time said he was ready to “step down and retire.” Based on news reports, he made this statement in one of his recent speaking engagements. Is he serious? Or is it just one of his jokes? I cannot say for sure if he is really serious or simply joking … Continue reading Who will succeed President Duterte if he resigns from office?

The Iron Curtain Rule

By law, illegitimate children are considered compulsory or legal heirs of their parents. This means they have the right to inherit from them with or without a Last Will and Testament. Children are of course considered illegitimate if they are conceived and born outside a valid marriage. But do they also have the right to … Continue reading The Iron Curtain Rule

Right to remarry in the Philippines of a divorced Filipino in a mixed marriage

Let us say you met a foreign citizen. You eventually fell in love with each other and later got married. But years after, your marriage turned sour. Despite all efforts exerted, you and your foreign spouse failed to save it. He soon obtained a divorce decree abroad. And it capacitated him to remarry, which he … Continue reading Right to remarry in the Philippines of a divorced Filipino in a mixed marriage

Correct middle initials for compound middle names

Are you one of those with compound middle names? By compound middle names, I am of course referring to those middle names such as Dela Cruz, Quintos Deles, Villa Roman and the like. If you are one of them, what then is your correct middle initial? Is it the first letter of your middle name? … Continue reading Correct middle initials for compound middle names