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Solon files bill on same sex live-in partners

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A party-list member of the House of Representatives has filed a bill that provides ‘legal clarity and protection’ for properties of same-sex partners who are cohabiting or living together.

Rep. Marissa Magsino of the OFW party-list group filed House Bill 10206 that aims to establish a comprehensive property regime for cohabiting same-sex partners in the Philippines, recognizing and safeguarding their rights in property acquisition, ownership, and disposition.

“Though through the years there has been change in the mindset of people on long-standing stereotypes and generalizations with social perceptions becoming more accommodating of the LGBTQ+ community, there’s still no legislation that guarantees equal rights for everybody regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” the bill’s explanatory note stated.

The measure, otherwise known as the Same Sex Partners Property Relations Act, covers the acquisition, ownership, enjoyment, distribution, and disposition of both real and personal property acquired during the partnership.

Additionally, partners in a same-sex relationship will have joint rights to administer and enjoy co-owned properties. In cases of incapacity or inability to administer properties, provisions are made for the other partner to assume management responsibilities until the situation is resolved, the bill provides.

HB 10206 also addresses issues such as financial obligations, gifts, loans, and the dissolution of the partnership, ensuring equitable treatment and fair distribution of assets upon termination. In addressing these aspects, the bill aims to ensure equitable treatment and fair distribution of assets in the event of termination.  It establishes clear guidelines and procedures for handling financial matters, such as specifying the responsibilities of each partner regarding debts and obligations incurred during the partnership.

“I strongly believe that the passage of this bill is crucial in granting legal recognition and safeguarding the rights of same-sex couples. By enacting the Same Sex Partners Property Relations Act, we affirm their inherent right to property ownership and management.

“This legislation is a significant step towards achieving greater equality and justice for all Filipino citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is imperative that we ensure equal protection under the law for every individual in our society,” Magsino stressed.

She urged fellow lawmakers to support the bill that upholds the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


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