House committee approves measures seeking to legalize divorce

As the only remaining state aside from Vatican City that has no divorce law, today was quite progressive as a House committee approved three measures seeking to legalize divorce in the Philippines.

House bills 100, 838, and 2263 will be consolidated by a technical working group before it will be put to plenary discussion.

The technical working group will be headed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, who has long been advocating for the passage of a divorce bill.

Absolute divorce validates 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.

Before the 17th Congress adjourned, the House approved on third and final reading its previous version of the absolute divorce bill. However, this measure was rejected by the Senate.

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