A female legislator on Tuesday appealed to the House leadership to support the bill on divorce and move for its enactment soonest.
Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas of Gabriela made the appeal following the pronouncement of the House committee on population and family relations that it will prioritize divorce measures, saying the bill has already hurdled the lower chamber during the 17th Congress.
Brosas, main author of House Bill 838, said the bill provides couples a cheaper and more viable option out of abusive and irreparable marriages.
“The divorce bill will put an end to abusive relationships,” said Brosas, member of the House minority bloc.
The Philippines and Vatican are the only countries in the world where divorce is not recognized.
“This measure has already gone through tons of deliberations since the 13th Congress, when we first filed it. In fact, its passage should be expedited in the same way that measures also approved in the previous Congress were treated,” she added, citing Section 48 of the House Rule 10.