There's something that I'd like to ask about the barangay's legal system. There's this person in our neighborhood who pretty much abuses the barangay's power to summon people. She has several enemies (including our family) in the neighborhood, all of them good, working citizens. She's jobless, so she has all the time in the world to create havoc. But for us and for the other people in the neighborhood, her summons are becoming terribly troublesome. For one thing, even if you do attend the summon, she's never willing to hear out what you have to say. It's literally just a complete waste of time.
She just disrupts everyone's schedule with her inane "cases". Take for example her most recent complaint: she's filing a harassment case against my sister. But how can my sister harass her when they haven't spoken at all in years? We really go out of our way to avoid her since she's nothing but trouble. But she keeps seeking us out.
The barangay keeps entertaining her and they keep saying that they're legally obligated to cater to her. They claim that they're tired of her too but are powerless to do anything.
My question is, is there nothing that we can do to protect ourselves from this woman's abuse? Not a month goes by that she doesn't complain about someone to the barangay. Sometimes it's her brother-in-law whom she complains about, sometimes it's us, sometimes it's that nice tailor around the corner. We're all good, hardworking citizens who are falling victim to the folly of a woman who is probably not right in the head. Can't the barangay just stop entertaining her?
I'd really appreciate it if you could help us. It's very tiresome to keep filing for a leave each time we get summoned, and nothing really gets done during those procedures anyway. Plus, it's causing some anxiety to my mother who has a heart condition. I feel like the law is failing to protect us. There's something terribly wrong with the system if it can be abused like this. Is there really nothing that the barangay officials can do?