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
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
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?
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
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
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
Sometime after the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, I received an exactly the same question from several persons on different dates. Some asked out of mere curiosity, while others asked only to confirm if the answer they already had in mind was right. Simple yet of great importance, their question in general has … Continue reading Appointment of a losing barangay candidate
Let us say you were a candidate in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Because of your overwhelming popularity, you won without spending anything. You even refused all forms of donations coming from others. In other words, you had no election contribution and expenditure. Does it follow then that you no longer need … Continue reading Do you still need to file your SOCE if you had ZERO election contribution and/or expenditure?
If you were one of the candidates in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, you need to file your SOCE. By SOCE, I am of course referring to the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures. But remember that the obligation to file SOCE is not only for those who won, but it is also … Continue reading Why Barangay and SK candidates need to file their SOCEs
2018 Barangay and SK elections On Monday, May 14, 2018, voters from all over the country will go to the polling centers to cast their votes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. This is the first time both elections will take place during the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This is also … Continue reading Three voting age groups in the 2018 Barangay and SK elections