Alvarez formally files dissolution of marriage bill

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2017 11:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2017 12:38 AM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez formally filed his bill seeking to legalize the dissolution of marriages.

House Bill 6027 was filed last July 24 and counts mainly opposition lawmakers as co-authors of the Speaker.

The bill is now pending with the Committee on the Revision of Laws.

Among the opposition lawmakers who co-authored the bill are Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman. Administration critics in the Makabayan bloc also signed, including Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, ACT Teachers Party List Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, Gabriela Party List Reps. Emmy de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao and Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago.

Administration lawmakers who joined Alvarez are Deputy Speakers Pia Cayetano and Gwendolyn Garcia and Congressmen Rodel Batocabe, Nancy Catamco and Anna Cristina Siquian Go.

The bill cites the expensive annulment process which it also described as adversarial, and which it hopes to remedy to allow a peaceful co-existence after the marriage.

According to the bill, a marriage may be dissolved over irreconcilable differences or severe or chronic unhappiness. 

A verified petition for dissolution of marriage may be filed with a joint plan for parenthood for common children.

Any one who is found to have coerced a spouse to file a petition shall face jail time of as long as five years and a fine of up to P200,000.