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(Keynote Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman before the Catholic Business Forum sponsored by the Filii Sancti Dominici Philippinensis, Inc. at Café Inggo, Sto. Domingo Church Compound on 07 February 2020)

I am always inspired to speak on controversial issues before broadminded and forward-thinking Catholics whose faith and religious convictions are not threatened by ideas or concepts that may seem to go against Catholic dogma.

On March 19, 2018, the House of Representatives voting 134 in favor, 57 against, and two abstentions overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a long-awaited bill legalizing divorce in the Philippines – the last remaining country, besides the Vatican, where couples do not have the right to absolute divorce.

(Inspirational Message of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the rites marking the restoration of the Gabaldon School Building on October 4, 2019 at the Tabaco South Central Elementary School)

I was a frail looking 5th and 6th grader more than six (6) decades ago, along with other pupils, who attended classes in the huge Gabaldon School Building here at the then Tabaco Central Elementary School, now the Tabaco South Central Elementary School.

(Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the Forum on Public Expression and Censorship during Martial Law at the UP Law Center on 24 September 2019)


We commemorate the declaration of martial law not to celebrate a national tragedy but to remind ourselves not to forget the atrocities and plunder it spawned.

And also to guard and be vigilant against its recurrence.

It is inordinately shameful that as we mark the 47th anniversary of Marcos’ martial rule, we have a thrice-extended martial law in the entire of Mindanao, even as we continue to experience the repression of press freedom and the persecution of human rights defenders, among other victims, reminiscent of the martial law years.