Secret Marriage – is there such one?

I have encounter this word many times in the past.  A couple having a secret marriage to conceal it to their friends or family.  But is secret marriage really possible and is it really binding under the law?

Before you can be legally married, you need to  fulfill the pre-requisites which is either getting a marriage license or executing an affidavit of cohabitation if you are already living together as husband and wife for at least five years.  Today, a certificate of CENOMAR or certificate of no marriage is already added as pre-requisites by courts which you can secure at NSO or National Statistics Office,  this is to ensure that the couple has no legal impediments to marry each other.

Normally, there are certain peoples who can perform the marriage rites depends on what religion you belong  and if they have the authority to perform such rites.  For instance, the common officiating officers are judges and priests.  But since we are talking about secret marriage , the couple wouldn’t marry on church since you wanted your marriage to be secret, since marrying in church requires “informing the people that a certain woman is marrying this certain man and it was done once every week for three consecutive weeks” which was called “pagtawag”, so a secret union is impossible.

So, if you will be marrying without complying the pre-requisites, possible that your marriage is not valid and can be a ground for annulment or dissolution of marriage later when problems occurs or arises in your relationship.

So,  secret marriage is not  possible because except for the couple, you need at least two people to be your witnesses unless you have no intentions of legalizing your marriage which would only be beneficial for two people who only wanted a ritual or ceremony of marriage without any legal bind.

GMA Network delivers breakthrough ratings performance in 2011

n the year ended, GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) altered television channel ranking as it overtook ABS-CBN in nationwide total day household audience share, placing the latter only to second rank – according to broadcast industry’s more trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 Based on full 2011 nationwide data of Nielsen (December 25 to 31 based on overnight ratings), GMA posted a 34.2 percent total day average television household audience share, outscoring ABS-CBN’s 31.1 percent and TV5′s 15.6 percent by substantial gaps.

 GMA noticeably increased its total day household audience share record in 2011 versus 2010 by 3.2 points. In contrast, ABS-CBN’s record suffered a significant drop of 8.6 points during the same period.

 In effect, GMA gained almost 1.5 million viewers from all over the country in 2011 relative to 2010, while ABS-CBN lost more than 500,000 viewers across all dayparts, using the assumption that there are five viewers per household.

In December, GMA recorded substantial margins versus ABS-CBN and TV5 in total day average household audience share nationwide. GMA had 36.2 share points, higher than ABS-CBN’s 29.1 points; and clearly ahead of TV5′s 15 points.

 GMA was a notable winner in both morning and afternoon blocks, where it led ABS-CBN by double-digit margins in National Urban Philippines.

 GMA also led across all dayparts in the important areas of Mega Manila and Urban Luzon, where bulk of television households in the country at 77 percent and 58 percent, respectively, are found.

 GMA dominated the list of overall top 30 programs in National Urban Philippines with 17 entries. In Urban Luzon, GMA had 23 programs in the same list; while in Mega Manila, GMA almost swept the slots with 25 entries.

 Among GMA’s top performing programs this December were Eat Bulaga, Pepito Manaloto, 24 Oras, Amaya, Protégé (The Final Battle), Munting Heredera, and Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

 Owing to the Kapuso Network’s consistently high nationwide ratings performance, the industry’s top 30 advertisers grew their advertising accounts with GMA by 36 percent or over one third for the period January to September 2011 from the same period in 2010. ABS-CBN’s regular advertising revenues, meanwhile, declined by four percent during the same period.

 The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement used by GMA is also used by 21 companies including two other local networks, namely, TV5 and Solar Entertainment; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 13 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local major TV network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

 In Mega Manila alone, the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 800 homes as compared to Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Nationwide, Nielsen has a total sample size of 2,005 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.

 ABS-CBN continuously claims that it has a pending case against Nielsen. But based on available court records, the case was dismissed by Presiding Judge Charito Gonzales of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on January 7, 2008 for being prematurely filed. The Court likewise denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by ABS-CBN in an Order dated June 8, 2009.

 On January 5, 2010, Atty. Maila Doroteo Santos, Branch Clerk of the Quezon City RTC, issued a Certificate of Finality, which confirms the Court’s Decision on the said case as final and executory. The subsequent Petition for Relief from Judgment and Motion for Reconsideration filed by ABS-CBN have also been dismissed by the Court for substantive and procedural grounds. 

The Law and Me

The law may be harsh but it is still the law.  We often says, that the law in our country is unfair and bias and justice is sometimes hard to find.  Movies always portray that if you have no money, it’s hard for you to have justice in this country. But that is something I am not in favor of.

We think Law is unfair and unjust but it’s not, the one who make it unjust is the people who are trying to break the law by doing things not according to it. It’s clearly specified not to break the law but i guess people are just so hard headed and even the document management student still breaks simple law which he is studying.

What you know can protect you.  Each of us is entitled to know the law so we don’t have the reason to break it.  We don’t need to be a lawyer to know the law of men. Be a good citizen and follow what it’s right, then there is no way you need to break the law, don’t you think?

Justice on Wheels on Naga City

A visit from Justice on Wheels here in our city.  It was quite a lovely but busy day for me.

justice on wheels on Naga City

This bus was organized by the Supreme Court in cooperation with Philja to bring to the provinces and places without courts legal services. It also includes medical and dental and free legal counseling with BJMP detainee.

Branch 1 employees (me in yellow)