Monday, 27 Feb 2017

Strengthening Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children

(RA 9262) through the. Sharica Go-Tan case: Can parents in-law

commit violation of RA 9262?

Since its passage on 08 March 2004, violation of RA 9262 was seen to be committed only by any person against a

woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship,

or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate. Until this was challenged by


The Sharica Go-Tan case is an interesting case because the Court surgically looked into the law to uphold its real

intent, which is to protect women from abusive relationships. The Court masterfully laid that there can be conspiracy,

in this case among spouse and other family members, under RA 9262.

What happened in this case?

In 1999, Sharica and Steven were married. They had two daughters. But in 2005, Sharica filed a Petition for the

Issuance of a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) against Steven and her parents-in-law, Perfecto and Juanita before the

Regional Trial Court.  She alleged that Steven, in conspiracy with Perfecto and Juanita, were causing verbal,

psychological and economic abuses upon her in violation of certain provisions the Anti-Violence Against Women

and Their Children Act of 2004 (Republic Act 9262).

Perfecto and Juanita contended that the RTC lacked jurisdiction over their persons since, as parents-in-law of

the petitioner, they were not covered by R.A. No. 9262.

Sharica asserted before the court that they were covered by R.A. No. 9262 under a liberal interpretation of the

law which is aimed at promoting the protection and safety of victims of violence.

Is Sharica correct? May Perfecto and Juanita be included in the petition for the issuance of a Protective Order

under RA 9262?


Will children make good leaders?

TWO NON-PROFIT groups hope to answer that question with a new project on children’s participation in governance.

Saligan, a developmental organization that focuses on legal work in communities, partnered with Save the Children for a project named “Kasama ang mga Bata sa Pamamahala: A Legal Empowerment Project of Children Aimed at Recognizing Children’s Participation Rights in Governance.

The project was met by members of civil society organizations (CSO) last July 3 during a turnover of a proposed ordinance that hopes to highlight the role of children in governance.

The core of this project, said Saligan Mindanao branch coordinator Atty. Francesca Sarenas, is to help kids find space for children in governance and to institutionalize their participation. The project hopes to be able to address participation needs that other existing mechanisms can’t address.



The law is not for the clique but within your click.

To answer many frequently asked questions (FAQ's) on laws affecting the basic sectors, SALIGAN has established the following sites on addressing particular issues.

Just go to the websites for answers to questions you may have been asking:

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A Position Paper on D.O. No. 118-12, Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry

Department Order No. 118-12 addresses the many problems faced by workers in the public utility bus transport industry. In a time when bus companies sacrifice the rights and welfare of bus drivers and conductors in order to increase corporate profits, the DOLE has asserted its authority to protect the rights of workers and secure for them benefits that they have long struggled for. In the experience of the Yellow Bus Lines Employees Union (YBLEU), the exclusive bargaining representative of the regular rank-and-file employees, including bus drivers and conductors, of Yellow Bus Lines, Inc, based in Koronadal, South Cotabato, these gains come in the form of their own collective bargaining agreements (CBA) negotiated with the management. With the issuance of the said Order, transport workers need not undergo the same amount of struggle faced by YBLEU leaders and members, but would benefit for what we have fought for.

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