House approves legalization of Divorce, Dissolution of Marriage

House Committee approved a bill instituting divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines. Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman authored the bill seeking to institute absolute divorce for couples who are not in a harmonious, happy and vibrant marital relationships.

The House of Representatives Committee has approved three measures seeking to legalize absolute divorce and marriage dissolution in the Philippines despite strong opposition from the Catholic church.

The House panel formed a technical working group assigned to consolidate House Bills 100, 838, and 2263 before it reaches plenary discussion.

In recent record, Philippines is the only remaining state aside from Vatican which has no divorce law.

House Bill No. 100, also known as the “Absolute Divorce Act” seeks to ensure that the process on filing divorce shall be affordable, efficient and inexpensive. It would also validate the separation between married couples as total and final, allowing the husband and wife to return to their status of being single with the right to contract marriage.

The said bill was principally authored by Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, who acknowledges that the State has a commitment to protect and preserve marriage as a social institution and foundation for the family.

Lagman, however, said that the bill would mend broken and lost marriages. In his speech, Lagman called the attention of lawmakers and urged to stop talking about divorce as the greatest of all tragedies in the upcoming plenary session.

"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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