Lagman pledges that absolute divorce will become law

The absolute divorce bill is expected to be signed into law before former Senate president Vicente Sotto III returns to the Senate and the May 2025 midterm elections, according to the measure’s principal author, Rep. Edcel Lagman.

Lagman expressed confidence that the Absolute Divorce Bill (House Bill 9349) will be approved by the Senate, even in the face of opposition from Catholic bishops, and that President Marcos would sign the bill before the 20th Congress convenes in July 2025.

Sotto, a vocal anti-divorce advocate, is running for a Senate seat in the upcoming elections. If successful, he would assume office in July 2025, when the 20th Congress is set to begin and last until 2028.

The House of Representatives recently approved the absolute divorce bill on third and final reading, with a vote of 131-109 and 20 abstentions. Despite earlier errors in reporting the vote count, Lagman stressed that abstentions should not be counted and that the bill had been approved legitimately.

The engrossed copy of the divorce bill is now set to be transmitted to the Senate without delay, as lawmakers move forward with the process of making it a law.

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