(From Consul General Atty. Raul H. Dado social media page, posted June 19, 2015.)
IN RESPONSE TO MOUNTING QUERIES, PART 3: THIS LEGAL OPINION
- LEGAL QUESTIONS on the names of organizations will have to be finally settled upon registration at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), whether these organizations are profit or non-profit.
- The SEC decision, coming from the primary agency concerned ( SEC) , can bind the Embassy.
- The SEC has Quasi-judicial powers, meaning that they can act like courts to decide on certain matters like names of organizations or corporations.
- The Embassy has no Judicial or Quasi-judicial powers. It can’t decide on issues like names of organizations.
- The Embassy has Executive powers, which is to ASSIST and ADVISE all Filipinos in Kuwait whenever necessary.
6.The establishment of the Embassy Advisory Council is in accordance with this principle.
- At the moment, the Embassy recognizes ONLY the following names as agreed upon by the Council: Alliance, Coalition, and by implication, Others. This agreement was made in good faith.
- Thus, the use of the term “FIL Com” by anyone is internal to them.
- In this regard, the 190,000 total OFW population in Kuwait as defined by Kuwait immigration, is the Filipino community.
- All Filipino organization members in Kuwait, compared to this total population, are actually the minority.
- But even if this is so , all Filipino organizations have greatly assisted in helping Filipinos who are in need.
- For all of us, Embassy and Filipino Organizations and our teams, this is our most important mission.
- For this, we express our gratitude and admiration for everyone helping in this advocacy.