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CDO Mayor Uy denies couple’s marriage bid

BY CRIS DIAZ CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A couple was denied of a free wedding offered by the city government during the mass wedding in a remote village here Saturday, March 4, 2023. Joanna and Johnny (not their real names) did not get the sacrament of the civil wedding when it was found out that they were already officially married. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy holds a free weekend mass wedding to unmarried couples to legitimize their relationship as husbands and wives. On Saturday, the city mayor, together with department heads, went to Tuburan, a remote village 29 kilometers southwest of the city, to deliver basic services, including the conduct of a free marriage ceremony. Joanna and Johnny were among the 14 couples who lined up in the village covered court to get the civil wedding blessing of the city executive. A check on the records of the couple, however, showed that they were already officially married several years ago. The city mayor reminded the couple and those who want to avail of the mass wedding that he (mayor) only officiates marriage to “never-been-married”couples. A“would-be-married” couple must first get a “no marriage” certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) before they will undergo marriage counseling under the city improvement department prior to getting an application for marriage from the civil registrar's office. “Certainly Joanna and Johnny did not undergo the process, but they showed up in their wedding attire hoping to get on with Saturday's civil wedding rites“ a city official said. The perks of the city’s mass wedding includes free a roasted pig, wine, cakes, and cash and thus could have lured Joanna and Johnny to join the mass wedding Saturday. In January of this year, a couple was also denied civil marriage rites in a mass wedding when records showed that the past marriage of the common law wife was not annulled.


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