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House of Representatives Committee OKs House Bills That Seeks Legalization of Divorce in the Philippines

A House of Representatives committee approved three measures seeking to legalize divorce or the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines.

On Wednesday (February 5, 2020), House Bill No. 100 or known as the proposed Absolute Divorce Act authored by longtime advocate and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman has been unanimously approved by House committee.

A technical working group will consolidate the measures “House bills 100, 838 and 2263” before it will be placed to a plenary discussion. The bill seeks to validate the separation of a married couple.

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Edcel Lagman will head the technical working group together with Negros Occidental Rep. Juliet Ferrer, Bukidnon Rep. Ma. Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas, and A Teacher Party-list Rep. Victoria Umali.

“Divorce is not a monster that will destroy marriages and wreck marital relationships. Let us [be] clear about this – the monsters that lead to the demise of a marriage are infidelity, abuse, financial problems, lack of intimacy and communication, and inequality,” Lagman said.

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The predominantly Catholic nation the Philippines is the only country in the world wherein ‘Divorce’ remains illegal aside from the Vatican.

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