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Dear PAO, I had an altercation with a long-time neighbor of ours who always double-parks on our street. Since his car is always parked across our gate, my wife and I always have a difficult time parking our cars inside our garage because of the limited space and the angle…

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Dear PAO, I am Chrissy, 25 years old, and an active church member in a small town in Bataan. In 2014, a couple moved into our small village and I became close to them when they joined activities of our religious organization. The husband, Alex, started to become very close…

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Dear PAO, I have an abusive father. He physically abuses me and my other siblings including my mother. My mother seems to be blinded by the fact that she wanted us to be intact as a family. Our neighbor told us that we can apply for a protection order. I…

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Dear Pao, I am a college student, and I feel that I am being sexually harassed by my instructor. What is the scope of our law with regard to sexual harassment of students? I hope you can enlighten me on this matter. Respectfully, Star Dear Star, Sexual harassment is penalized…

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Dear PAO, My partner, David, is a Swede. We want to build a small-scale mining firm in Albay. Is it possible for us to do so? If not, what are the possible sanctions or penalties that may be imposed on David? Thank you, Teresa Dear Teresa Republic Act 7042, as…

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Dear PAO, I have been in the government service for almost seven years now. The position next to mine was vacated by reason of retirement of my colleague. I want to be enlightened about the Doctrine of Next-in-Rank Rule, which is frequently applied by the Civil Service Commission. Am I…

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Dear PAO, I am a seminarian. I regularly assist in the conduct of Masses in my assigned church. Sadly, every time we celebrate the Mass, there is a group of protesters–some of the members are atheists–who try to interrupt the Mass. These people question the integrity of the church. They…

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Dear PAO, My deceased husband, a soldier of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for 10 years, was killed while in the line of duty. Can he still be deemed a veteran for the purpose of obtaining a surviving spouse’s pension? Thank you. Lauren Anne Dear Lauren Anne, Definition of…

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Dear PAO, My wife and I got married in 1992. After being together for almost five years, we decided to amicably part ways. We have been separated for more than 20 years now. During the years that we were apart, we separately acquired assets from our own earnings. I have…

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