Divorce bill not house priority

FOR faster approval and to get the consensus of the congressmen, the House leadership plans to conduct a survey on controversial measures, like the Divorce Bill.

This was according to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano when asked for his comment on the earlier statement of the House Committee on Family Relations that among its priority measures is the Divorce Bill.

There are at least six Divorce Bills pending before the committee, chaired by Guimaras Rep. Ma. Lucille Nava.

In a press statement, Cayetano announced the priority measures of the House when session resumes on November which include the passage of the 2020 national budget, tax measures and bills on alleviating poverty especially in the poorest provinces in the country.

When it comes to highly-contested bills, Cayetano said it is better if they will get the consensus of the members on their opinion before taking on the proposed law.

“We agreed in our previous caucus that we will craft bills depending on our conscience. In the coming weeks, The House will be conducting a survey to ask the House members on their opinion on divorce, death penalty and even Charter Change,” Cayetano said.

He also said the House will review the annulment law if it will be the solution to several marital problems.

“Let’s allow the committee and the plenary to debate on this bill, but on the part of the House leaders we will get the members’ consensus first, para madali na ang pagpasa,” he added.

Divorce legalization measures have been filed by Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez  and Alba Rep.  Edcel Lagman.

Both measures are carryovers of the previous Congress where Alvarez served as speaker.

The Lower House of the 17th Congress passed on third and final reading last March 19 the divorce bill co-authored by Alvarez and Lagman.

However, the Senate ignored the proposal which was never considered to be elevated to Malacañang for President Duterte’s signature.