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Press Release: Approval on third and final reading of the absolute divorce bill

In a supermajority-dominated House of Representatives, independent opposition leader Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has again prevailed with the approval on third and final reading of the absolute divorce bill which he has principally authored and sponsored.

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MANIFESTATION OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN on the approval on third reading of the Absolute Divorce Bill

I am making this short manifestation to express my profound gratitude to all of those who contributed in various ways to the approval of the Absolute Divorce Bill on third and final reading.
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Launch of the Research on “Reconstructing Masculinities: Gender Dynamics After Conflict in the...

Closing Remarks By Rep. Edcel C. Lagman Launch of the Research on “Reconstructing Masculinities: Gender Dynamics After Conflict in the Bangsamoro” at the Novotel Cubao, Quezon City on 22 May 2024
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Press Statement re: Admin Order No. 22 - creation of Special Committee on Human Rights

The creation of a Special Committee on Human Rights under Administrative Order No. 22 is welcome, however this initiative of President Marcos Jr. must be complemented by the immediate ratification...
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The living ‘walls’ of Bantayog

Every year since 1992, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation has been honoring those it considers to be martyrs and heroes (300 plus to date) who fought for freedom during the dark years of the...
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There can be no "gentlemen’s agreement"

There can be no "gentlemen’s agreement" with a chronic aggressor like China in the West Philippine Sea. I agree with President Marcos Jr. that former President Duterte’s unilateral and surreptitious...
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REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN’S EXPLANATION OF NEGATIVE VOTE ON RBH NO. 7

After six days of differing inputs from enthusiastic, even sometimes combative, resource persons, and extensive interpellations on the pros and cons regarding Resolution of Both Houses No. 7, alas a...
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STATEMENT OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN ON WOMEN’S MONTH

May I congratulate our lady colleagues as they take centerstage in the proceedings this afternoon.
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Inspirational Message: Freedom Memorial Museum Gallery

(Delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the opening of the Freedom Memorial Museum Gallery, 23 February 2024) The greatest challenge in dealing with the past is the struggle of memory against...
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Dr. Espie’s Impact on the Advocacy for the RH Law

Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during Likhaan’s “Saludo sa ika-30 taon ng Reproductive Health and Rights sa Mundo: Parangal kay Dr. Espie Cabral, Katangi-tanging Kampeon ng Reproductive...
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Rep. Lagman's press statement and sponsorship speech on the divorce bill

Just short of one year after the Committee on Population and Family Relations approved the substitute bill on divorce on 21 March 2023, House Bill No. 9349 or the “Absolute Divorce Bill” has finally...
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CRITICAL DISSENT AND AN AUTHENTIC OPPOSITION ARE VITAL TO DEMOCRACY

(Lecture delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the First Political Science Consortium at the Ateneo de Naga University on 17 February 2024) Dios marhay na aga sa gabos. Special greetings to Miss...
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HB 9868: Enabling Law on People’s Initiative to Propose Amendments to the Constitution

Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay and president of the Liberal Party called on the proponents of charter change via people’s initiative to stop forthwith the “misadventure” because there is no enabling...
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The COMELEC has the authority to order local election officers to stop receiving signature sheets...

The COMELEC has the authority to order local election officers to stop receiving signature sheets on people’s initiative (PI) to amend the Constitution.
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The promoters of people’s initiative...

The promoters of people’s initiative to amend the Constitution for joint voting in the constituent assembly are brandishing mere scraps of signature sheets because:
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The brouhaha on charter change has pushed the Senate and the House of Representatives into a...

The brouhaha on charter change has pushed the Senate and the House of Representatives into a confrontation which is divisive and disruptive.
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The Liberal Party of the Philippines has been a beacon of democratic liberalism...

The Liberal Party of the Philippines has been a beacon of democratic liberalism, an unwavering advocate of social justice, and a steadfast champion of good governance for almost eight decades as it...
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Appropriations Chairman Elizaldy Co engages in personal attacks...

Appropriations Chairman Elizaldy Co engages in personal attacks instead of squarely confronting the constitutional issues on the questionable congressional allocation of an excess of...
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Rep. Edcel C. Lagman made good his commitment to challenge before the Supreme Court...

Rep. Edcel C. Lagman made good his commitment to challenge before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of the excess of P449,540,510,000 allocation in the unprogrammed appropriations...
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The “war” against the 1987 Constitution has been launched...

The “war” against the 1987 Constitution has been launched from two fronts – one from the House of Representatives through people’s initiative by specifically making the voting procedure in the...
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Re appointment of Rep. Ralph Recto as Finance Secretary

I warmly congratulate Deputy Speaker Ralph Recto on his appointment as Secretary of Finance. He brings with him a vast knowledge and experience in financial and economic matters.
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On the question whether the Constituent Assembly must vote separately...

On the question whether the Constituent Assembly must vote separately by Chamber or jointly among the Representatives and Senators, I am not changing my position that there must be a joint voting...
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Re EDSA-pwera ad campaign

The “EDSA-pwera” charter change ad campaign is part of the Marcos family’s continuing demonization of the Edsa People’s Power Revolution which ousted the Marcos dictatorship and helped install the...
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Rep. Elizaldy Co... must stop calling me names and becoming personal

Rep. Elizaldy Co, Chairman of the House committee on appropriations and co-chair of the bicameral conference committee on the 2024 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), must stop calling me names and...
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The charter change rampage has a surfeit of funds.

Embedded in the 2024 General Appropriations Act is the total amount of about P14-B for the “Conduct and supervision of elections, referenda, recall votes and plebiscites”, P12-B of which was...
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