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Baguilat: Divorce bill easier to pass than RH bill

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Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. said he and other authors of pending divorce measures are confident that the divorce law shall face a more smooth-sailing passage than the reproductive health law.

“The authors are confident na mas madaling ipasa ngayon,” he said in a press briefing of the Magnificent 7 opposition group.

“We will not expect the Church to change its dogma, but sa tingin ko hindi ganun katindi ang opposition compared sa RH,” Baguilat said.

The House committee on population and family relations recently formed a technical working group to consolidate four bills on divorce or annulment, House Bills 116, 1062, 2380 and 6027.

House Bill 6027 or “An Act Providing For Grounds For The Dissolution Of A Marriage” was introduced by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and several other House leaders and members, including Baguilat.

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.

But Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman, who was tasked to head the TWG, said the ground of “chronic unhappiness” had been removed and subsumed under the ground of irreconcilable differences.

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