Act No. 432 Authorizing Payment to Pedro Pastor as Court Clerk, 1902 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Act No. 432 Authorizing Payment to Pedro Pastor as Court Clerk, 1902

Early during the American colonial era in the Philippines, one Pedro Pastor of the then-town of Batangas was apparently already performing clerical services to the Court of First Instance but was being prevented from receiving his wages by so-called “political disabilities.”

As such, the Philippine Commission had to pass Act Numbered 432 removing such “political disabilities” so that he might avail of his wages. The contents of the act are contained in entirety below:

AN ACT removing the political disabilities of Pedro Pastor and authorizing payment for the service heretofore rendered by him as clerk of the Court of First Instance in the Province of Batangas.

By authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Commission, that:

SECTION 1. The political disabilities of Pedro Pastor, of the municipality of Batangas, in the province of Batangas, are hereby removed, and he is authorized to take the civil-service examination without taking the oath prescribed in the application for a civil-service examination, and he is hereby made eligible for appointment to civil office upon passing the civil service examination and upon taking the oath of office, notwithstanding his prior disqualification.

SEC. 2. The disbursing officer of the Bureau of Justice is hereby authorized to pay to said Pedro Pastor the salary pertaining to the office of the clerk of the Court of First Instance for the Province of Batangas during the time in which he has been performing the duties of that office, notwithstanding the fact that he was not eligible for appointment at the time he commenced performing such service.

SEC. 3. The public good requiring the speedy enactment of this bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in accordance with section two of “An Act prescribing the order of procedure by the Commission in the enactment of laws,” passed September twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.

SEC. 4. This act shall take effect on its passage.

Enacted, July 22, 1902.

Below is a scanned copy of the act from a compilation document:
Image extracted from "Acts of the Philippine Commission: No. 1-1800."
Image extracted from "Acts of the Philippine Commission: No. 1-1800."
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Notes and references:
“Acts of the Philippine Commission, 1-1800,” online at the Internet Archives.

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