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Panel okays impeach articles, report today

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
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THE Articles of Impeachment and the committee report finding probable cause to impeach Chief
Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be approved by the House committee on justice today.

“Our committee report and the Articles of Impeachment are now prepared for the approval of
panel members,” said Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, the committee chairman, after his panel
failed to approve the report and the Articles of Impeachment last Wednesday. 

“We are preparing a very strong impeachment case against the Chief Justice,” Umali
assured.
    
As Congress is scheduled to take Holy Week break this week, the plenary will send to the
Senate the measure resetting the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls from May to October
this year and two divorce-related bills.
    
The House of Representatives will approve on third and final reading a bill resetting the
barangay and SK elections from May 14, 2018 to October 8, 2018.
    
“As far as the House of Representatives is concerned, the bill on the resetting of
barangay and SK polls will be approved on third and final reading before we adjourn for Holy Week
break,” said Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, who chairs
the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that endorsed the proposal.
    
At the same time, House Bill (HB) No. 7185 which seeks to simplify the process of
recognizing in the country divorce petitions’ that were granted abroad will be approved on third
and final reading.
    
Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano said the proposal will amend the Family
Code for the government to simplify the recognition of divorce that happened in other countries
between a Filipino citizen and foreigner without filing a formal petition before a court.
    
In the case of HB No. 7303 or the absolute divorce, it will also be passed on third and
final reading also to give mercy and liberation to the problematic marriages where physical
violence will be considered as one of the grounds.
    
Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, one of the authors and chairman of the House
committee on dangerous drugs, said the consolidated bill on divorce will help and alleviate the
lives of many estranged Filipino couples who suffer from the effects of failed marriages.
    
HB No. 7303 or legalizing divorce recognizes the same grounds for legal separation under
the Family Code.