BY-LAWS OF THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL
This organization shall be known as the ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL;
in Spanish as ORDEN DE CABALLEROS DE RIZAL and in the national language as
SAMAHAN NG MGA MAGINOONG MAKARIZAL. The term Order, wherever used
herein, shall refer to said organization.
The general purposes of the Order shall be:
[a] To study the teachings of Dr. Jose Rizal;
[b] To propagate and inculcate said teachings in the minds of the
Filipino people and other citizens of the world and, by word and deed,
exhort them to emulate and practice the examples set by Dr. Jose Rizal;
[c] To promote among the Knights of the Order the true spirit of
patriotism and Rizalian chivalry;
(d) To develop a perfect union among Filipinos and other citizens
of the world in revering the memory of Dr. Jose Rizal; and
(e) To organize and hold programs, activities and annual
festivities in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal.
The specific objectives of the Order shall be:
[a] To study and spread the ideals, teachings and exemplary life of
Dr. Jose Rizal especially among the Youth of the Land;
[b] To organize Chapters in the Philippines or any part of the
world, undertake programs which will promote individual commitment to the
ideals and teachings of Rizal, and encourage enlightened personal
involvement in addressing contemporary issues; and
[c] To train and develop the Youth in character building,
citizenship training, democratic leadership, patriotism, universal
brotherhood, and dedicated service to God, country and people.
Section 1 -
The principal office of the Order shall be in the City of Manila,
Section 1 -
Members of the Order shall be known as Knights of Rizal (Caballeros de
Rizal or Mga Maginoong Maka-Rizal) and shall be classified as follows: (a)
by type - Regular and Honorary; and (b) by degree - 1st degree up to 5th
(b) Honorary members are those who are awarded any degree of
membership in recognition of their meritorious and distinguished service
to the country or the Order. The award is granted by the Supreme Council
upon the written recommendation of its Prefectural Tribunal or a Chapter
Council. The recommendation shall specifically state the achievements of
the candidate which shall be the basis for action by the Supreme Council.
Section 3 -
Members classified by degree are as follows:
Degree KNIGHT OF RIZAL (KR)
A Knight of Rizal is one who has been initiated in the first degree
of the Order.
Any person of legal age, of good moral character and reputation,
who believes in Rizal and is willing to learn more about him and follow
his teaching is eligible for admission in this degree. Application for
membership shall be made in writing, duly recommended by at least two (2)
members in good standing of the Order, screened and favorably endorsed by
the concerned Chapter Council, and approved by the Supreme Council.
Degree KNIGHT OFFICER OF RIZAL (KOR)
A Knight Officer of Rizal is one who has been elevated to the
second degree of the Order upon fulfillment of the following minimum
degree work requirements:
He must have served at least six (6) months in the first degree,
must be favorably recommended by a Chapter Prefectural Tribunal to the
concerned Chapter Council, and favorably endorsed by the latter for
approval by the Supreme Council.
Degree KNIGHT COMMANDER OF RIZAL (KCR)
A Knight Commander of Rizal is one who has been exalted to the
third degree of the Order.
Any Knight of Rizal, regardless of the degree he is in or of the
time he has meritoriously served therein, who has fulfilled the
requirements as may be prescribed by the Supreme Council for the purpose,
may be exalted as Knight Commander of Rizal upon approval of the
Supreme Council. A Knight of Rizal who has been elected as a member of the
Supreme Council or as a Chapter Commander, or has been given lifetime
membership, shall be qualified for exaltation as Knight Commander of
Provided, however, that any person, not a member of the Order, who
has distinguished himself by meritorious service which has enhanced the
objectives of the Order or has written a book of general acceptance on
Rizal, may also be exalted to this degree upon written recommendation of
the Chapter Prefectural Tribunal to the Chapter Council concerned, and
upon the endorsement of the latter to the Supreme Council for its
approval. The Supreme Council may on its own, and upon the written
recommendation of its Prefectural Tribunal, also exalt such a person to
this degree. The written recommendation of the concerned Prefectural
Tribunal shall specifically state the achievements of the candidate which
have been considered as the basis for the recommendation for exaltation.
Degree KNIGHT GRAND OFFICER OF RIZAL (KGOR)
A Knight Grand Officer of Rizal is one who has been exalted to the
second highest degree of the Order.
Any Knight of Rizal or any person who has performed an outstanding
achievement for the Philippines or for the Order, may be conferred the
degree of Knight Grand Officer of Rizal by the Supreme Council.
A Knight of Rizal, with a third degree or lesser rank, who has been
duly elected as Supreme Trustee, shall be exalted to the fourth degree
with the rank of Knight Grand Officer of Rizal.
Degree KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF RIZAL, KGCR
Knight Grand Cross of Rizal is one who has been exalted to the
highest degree of the Order.
Any Knight of Rizal or any person who has performed an outstanding
achievement for the Philippines or for the Order, may be conferred the
degree of Knight Grand Cross of Rizal by the Supreme Council at a Regular
or Special General Assembly called for the purpose.
After the election and organization of the Executive Officers of
the Order, a trustee of the Supreme Council elected as Supreme Commander
shall be conferred the Knight Grand Cross of Rizal.
the annual membership dues collected from members, the following shall be
remitted to the National Headquarters on or before January 31st of every
Rizalian Year: (i) a minimum of P150.00 for each member of Chapters in the
Philippines, and (ii) a minimum of US$15 net of bank charges, or its
equivalent in any convertible foreign currency satisfactory to the Supreme
Council, for each member of overseas Chapters.
Chapter which has paid to the Supreme Exchequer all registration fees,
chapter remittances under Section 4 (b) above, authorized assessments and
other valid charges, plus applicable surcharges owing thereon, and is not
under suspension from the exercise of any Chapter right or privilege, is a
Chapter in good standing of the Order.
[i] By death or voluntary resignation;
[ii] By failure or refusal to pay the annual
membership dues, authorized assessments or other valid charges, plus
applicable surcharges owing thereon, after having been duly served at
least three (3) written collection notices; or
[iii] By the commission of, or involvement in,
any offense involving moral turpitude, or any misconduct or misbehavior
affecting the dignity, integrity and/or reputation of the Order including,
but not limited to, defiance of, or refusal to obey, an order or decision
of the Council of Elders.
in the Order may be suspended, rather than terminated, depending on the
circumstances of each case, for any of the causes specified in Section 8
[a] [ii] or [iii] above.
The Supreme Council, on its own, in the case of any member of the
Order, or the Chapter Council concerned in the case of any of its members,
shall have the power to investigate and determine whether or not a member
should be suspended or terminated. Provided, however, that the member
concerned shall be notified in writing by the Supreme Pursuivant or
Chapter Pursuivant, as the case may be, of such investigation at least ten
(10) calendar days prior to the date set for the hearing. An affirmative
vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Supreme Council or Chapter Council
concerned, sitting en banc, shall decide a case of suspension or
termination. Provided, further, that the decision of the Chapter Council
concerned for suspension or termination of a member may be appealed to the
Supreme Council for final decision.
Section 1 -
The general administration and direction of the affairs of the Order shall
be vested in the Supreme Council (Board of Directors) of nine (9) elective
trustees which is hereby vested with full powers and authority to act and
perform all such functions as the corporation itself may lawfully
undertake pursuant to its charter.
The Officers referred to in the preceding Section shall hold their
respective offices for a term of two years and until their successors are
duly elected and qualified. No trustee elected as Supreme Commander can
run for any further office elected by the General Assembly of the Order.
VI - ELECTION OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Section 1 -
The election of the nine (9) Trustees of the Supreme Council shall be held
during the General Assembly as provided under Section 2, Article XIII of
these By-Laws. The election shall be governed by the provisions specified
in this Article, other applicable provisions of these By-Laws, as well as
such rules and regulations which the Supreme Council may promulgate from
time to time to ensure the free, honest, and orderly conduct of election.
candidate from an overseas chapter, who wins an election for the office of
Trustee in the Supreme Council, shall attend at least six (6) regular
meetings of the Supreme Council for each year of his term of office.
Section 5 - [a] The Supreme Council shall constitute an Election Tribunal
composed of five (5) members of the Order whose task is to conduct and
ensure free, honest and orderly election of Trustees of the Supreme
Council. The Election Tribunal shall be assisted by a Nominations
Committee, a Committee of Canvassers and such other committees as said
Election Tribunal shall establish to assist it in carrying out its
functions. The Election Tribunal shall have the power to promulgate such
implementing guidelines as may be necessary and proper to carry out its
responsibilities provided the same are not inconsistent with the Charter
of the Order, these By-Laws, and the rules and regulations adopted by the
[b] Members of
the Election Tribunal shall be members with at least a third degree rank,
of known probity and reputation, and in good standing with the Order for
at least three (3) years prior to their appointment to the Election
Tribunal. Past Supreme Commanders and incumbent Trustees of the Supreme
Council shall not be appointed to the Election Tribunal.
term of office of the members of the Election Tribunal shall be three (3)
years provided that of the original five members appointed, one shall
serve for one year, two for two years and the other two for three years.
Thereafter, each appointee to the Election Tribunal shall have a full
members of the Election Tribunal shall elect their Chairman from among
Section 6 -
The Election Tribunal shall cause the publication of a certified list of
qualified voters at least sixty  calendar days prior to the date of
the election. Only qualified voters included in the list shall be allowed
to vote. Any complaint regarding the eligibility of a voter on the list or
the non-inclusion in the list of a qualified voter shall be submitted,
within one (1) week after the date of publication, to the Election
Tribunal specifying in writing the reasons for the complaint. The Election
Tribunal shall render its decision on the matter within one (1) week after
submission of the complaint. Its decision shall be final and executory.
complaint relating to the eligibility of a candidate must be raised before
the Nominations Committee within three (3) calendar days after the
deadline for the submission of nominations. Said matter shall be resolved
by the Nominations Committee within one week from receipt of the
complaint. The decision of the Nominations Committee may be appealed to
the Election Tribunal within three (3) calendar days after receipt of the
decision of said Committee. The Election Tribunal shall have one (1) week
to resolve the appeal and its decision shall be final and executory.
Election Tribunal shall appoint a Committee of Canvassers of at least
three  members from among the voting members of the Order. The
Committee shall canvass the ballots cast and verify that they tally with
the numbers present and qualified to vote. The votes shall then be counted
and recorded on tally sheets. The results of the voting shall be reported
to the Chairman of the Election Tribunal by the Chairman of the Committee
(1) When a candidate for any elective office in the Order or any
other member of the Order, directly or indirectly, in any form or manner,
by himself or through another, commits any of the following acts for the
purpose of inducing or influencing a member or Chapter to withhold a vote
or to vote for or against a candidate:
(i) paying the dues or other indebtedness of any member or Chapter,
(ii) giving of food, drink, entertainment, transportation or any
article of value, or any similar consideration to any member or Chapter,
(iii) causing an expenditure to be made, offered or promised to any
member or Chapter.
(2) When a member or Chapter of the Order calls for or conducts, or
attempts to call for or conduct, an election for Trustees of the Supreme
Council without the consent and approval of the Supreme Council or in
opposition to the arrangements duly made for the purpose by the Supreme
Council as mandated by the Charter of the Order, these By-Laws and other
rules and regulations promulgated for the purpose by the Supreme Council.
Any violation of the provisions of this Section shall be a ground for
suspension or termination of a member or Chapter from the Order.
VII DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The Supreme Commander is the Chief Executive Officer of the Order, as
such he shall have general supervision over the management of the affairs
of the Order; shall preside at all the meetings of the Supreme Council and
the General Assemblies; shall sign all certificates, diploma, contracts
and all other important documents; shall also sign all checks or
withdrawal slips drawn against bank accounts, jointly with the Supreme
Exchequer; shall create with the approval of the Supreme Council, all
committees of the Supreme Council which he may deem necessary; shall
submit to the General Annual Assembly a report covering the activities of
the Supreme Council in particular and of the Order in general during each
year of his incumbency; shall call Regular or Special General Assemblies
of the Order or special meetings of the Supreme Council whenever he deems
it necessary, and shall perform such other duties as are incident to his
office or required of him by these By-Laws or the Supreme Council.
Supreme Council shall appoint an Executive Director, and may create such
other staff or employee positions, with such duties and reasonable
compensations as the Council may determine appropriate, for the proper and
efficient day-to-day administration of the Order.
The Supreme Council shall, subject to such changes as it may determine
appropriate, divide the Philippines and overseas areas into as many
regional or administrative areas as it may deem necessary for the
efficient administration of the affairs of the Order. The Supreme
Commander shall, with the concurrence of the Supreme Council, appoint the
incoming Regional Commanders, Deputy Regional Commanders and concerned
Area Commanders from a list of at least three (3) nominees for each
relevant position. The lists of nominees shall be submitted, at such time
as the Supreme Commander may determine appropriate, by the concerned
incumbent Regional Commanders in consultation with the Deputy Regional
Commanders, Area Commanders and Chapter Commanders within their respective
regional or administrative areas. The term of office of the Regional
Commanders, Deputy Regional Commanders and Area Commanders shall be co-terminous
with the term of office of the appointing Supreme Commander, unless sooner
terminated by the latter with the approval of the Supreme Council.
VIII USE OF PROPERTY, ASSETS AND EARNINGS
No part of the Orders property or income shall inure to the benefit
of any member, trustee, officer or any private individual, corporation or
association except as may be necessary to compensate reasonably staff
members and other employees and person who have actually rendered services
in furtherance of the purposes and/or objectives of the Order. Neither
shall any of the property, assets or earnings of the Order be used for
other than the purpose/s for which it was organized.
IX COUNCIL OF ELDERS
[a] There shall be a Council of Elders to be composed of all past Supreme
Commanders and the incumbent Supreme Commander.
[b] The Council of
Elders shall elect a Chairman from among themselves.
- X CEREMONIES AND RITUALS
The ceremonies to be observed in the initiation of new members, in the
elevation, exaltation and conferment to higher degrees and/or awards shall
be the rituals prescribed by the Supreme Council.
XI MUNICIPAL, CITY, OVERSEAS
A group of nine (9) or more persons of legal age, residing in any
municipality, city or equivalent political unit in the Philippines or
overseas, of good moral character and reputation, and interested in
promoting the purposes and objectives of the Order, may organize
themselves into a Chapter of the Order upon recommendation of the
corresponding Regional Commander and approval in writing by the Supreme
Council upon petition filed for the purpose.
The general administration and direction of the affairs of each
chapter of the Esquires of Rizal shall be in the hands of the following
XII COUNTERPART ORGANIZATIONS
The Kababaihang Rizalista, a national organization of women, the
Kabataang Pangarap Ni Rizal (KAPARIZ), the Kapisanan Ng Mga Gurong
Nagmamahal Kay Rizal (KAGUNARI), and the Philippine Association of
Teachers of History and Rizal, Inc. (PATHRI), the latter two being both
organizations of Rizal course teachers, the Maria Clara Ni Rizal (MACLARIZ)
and Maria Clara Ni Rizal Senior Citizens Club, which are all dedicated to
the same aims and purposes as the Knights of Rizal, are hereby recognized
as counterpart organizations of the Order. The Supreme Council may, as it
deems proper and necessary, recognize as a counterpart organization any
other organization which is dedicated to and interested in promoting the
purposes of the Order. Said organizations and the Order shall collaborate
and coordinate their activities in pursuance of their common objectives.
XIII MEETINGS AND QUORUMS
The Order shall hold annual and whenever necessary, special general
[a] Initiation of new members;
however, that the Supreme Council may call special general assemblies, far
any or all of the above purpose/s whenever necessary.
Notices of annual, or special general assemblies shall state the date,
time, place and purpose or purposes of such General Assembly and shall be
mailed to each Chapter through the Commander (15) days prior to the date
set for such General Assembly.
XIV ORDER OF BUSINESS
The Order of business in all meetings shall be:
a. Calling of meeting to order;
XV UNIFORM, INSIGNIA, AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
The uniforms, insignias, awards, decorations and titles for all
degrees of the Order shall be those prescribed by the Supreme Council.
The Order shall have a dry seal which shall bear upon its face in a
circular design, the words: KNIGHTS OF RIZAL AND MANILA
PHILIPPINES and within the circle, an equilateral triangle bearing
the profile of Dr. Jose Rizal in the center, the name Rizal and the
abbreviation and figures Inc., 1916, under it, a five pointed star
in each angle of the triangle, all mounted on a sun with eight (8) salient
rays as background.
XVII - AMENDMENT TO THE BY-LAWS
These by- laws may be amended or repealed either in full or in part by
the affirmative vote of the majority of the members in good standing
present and voting at the time such amendment or repeal is submitted to
voting at a regular or a Special General Assembly called for the purpose.
XVIII TRANSITORY PROVISIONS AND EFFECTIVITY
These 2005 Amended By-Laws shall take effect upon their approval
provided that the incumbent Trustees of the Supreme Council shall not be
eligible for any elective office during the first elections to be held
under these 2005 Amended By-Laws; provided, moreover, that the date for
the first election to be called after the approval of these 2005 Amended
By-Laws shall be in accordance with the date specified under Section 2 of
Article XIII of the March 27, 1983 Amended By-Laws; provided, further,
that the term of office of the Incumbent Trustees of the Supreme Council
shall end when their successors shall have been elected and qualified
pursuant to the first elections conducted under these 2005 Amended
By-laws; and provided, furthermore, that past Supreme Commanders are
ineligible to run for any office elected by the General Assembly. The
members of the Committee on Revision of By-Laws shall not be eligible to
vote during the first elections for Trustees of the Supreme Council
conducted pursuant to these 2005 Amended By-Laws.
TRUE AND CORRECT AS RATIFIED ON JANUARY 7, 2006
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