(Today, 2 August 2017, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed a new law, Republic Act No. 10928, extending the validity of Philippine passports from 5 years to 10 years. The full text of the law is reproduced below.)
A passport, in general, is an official document of identity and nationality issued to a person intending to travel or sojourn in foreign countries. A “Philippine passport,” on the other hand, is a document certifying to the Philippine citizenship of the holder in use for travel purposes. Passport means a document issued by the Philippine government to its citizens and requesting other governments to allow its citizens to pass safely and freely, and in case of need to give him/her all lawful aid and protection. Continue reading Can a Married Woman Change the Surname Used in a Philippine Passport?