SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House committee on population and family relations chaired by Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd District, Laguna) on Wednesday created a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate all four bills on divorce namely, House Bills 116, 1062, 2380 and 6027.
The committee named Rep. Edcel Lagman as TWG head. Lagman is himself author of House Bill 116 or the proposed “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce In The Philippines And For Other Purposes."
Under his proposal, the grounds for a judicial decree of absolute divorce are the grounds for legal separation under Article 55 of the Family Code of the Philippines and grounds for annulment of marriage under Article 45 of the Family Code of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, HB 1062 entitled: “An Act Amending Title I, Chapter 3, Of Executive Order No. 209, Otherwise Known As The Family Code Of The Philippines, Prescribing Additional Ground For Annulment,” is authored by Rep. Robert Ace Barbers.
The bill seeks to amend Chapter 3 of Executive Order 209 or the Family Code of the Philippines by prescribing additional ground for annulment. The amendment provides that a marriage may also be annulled if the parties have been separated for at least five years.
House Bill 2380, also known as “An Act Introducing Divorce In The Philippines, Amending For The Purpose Articles 26, 55 To 66 And Repealing Article 36 Under Title II Of Executive Order No. 209, As Amended, Otherwise Known As The Family Code Of The Philippines, And For Other Purposes”, is authored by Reps. Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas.
The measure seeks to introduce divorce as another option for couples in failed and irreparable marriages.
The bill proposes five grounds for divorce: 1) The petitioner has been separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least five years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable; 2) The petitioner has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable; 3) When any of the grounds for legal separation under paragraph (a) of this article has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage; 4) When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations; and 5) When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
Lastly, HB 6027 or “An Act Providing For Grounds For The Dissolution Of A Marriage” is introduced by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Deputy Speakers Pia Cayetano and Gwendolyn Garcia, Reps. Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., Rodel Batocabe, Arlene Brosas, Ariel Casilao, France Castro, Nancy Catamco, Emmi De Jesus, Sarah Jane Elago, Ana Cristina Go, Edcel Lagman, Antonio Tinio and Carlos Isagani Zarate.
Under the bill, a marriage may be dissolved based on irreconcilable differences or severe and chronic unhappiness of the spouses which caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage. / MVIP