MANILA- The House of Representatives has approved on final reading a bill that recognizes foreign divorce in the Philippines.
House Bill 7185 which eliminates the need for judicial recognition of a foreign divorce was approved on Wednesday by 202 lawmakers with 3 rejections, and no abstentions.
The measure allows Filipinos who have been divorced in other countries to remarry as long as the termination of the previous marriage is registered in the Philippine Civil Registry.
The approval of the bill comes 2 days after the House approved a proposal providing for divorce.
A historic first for the chamber, the approval came despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte.
A predominantly Catholic country, the Philippines is one of only 2 states in the world, aside from the Vatican, where divorce is outlawed.