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By: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
03 June 2020

Before I explain my negative vote, I would like to ask the House Leadership to explain why I was not allowed to interpellate the sponsors of House Bill No. 6875 despite the fact that I seasonably registered my intention to interpellate and I was assured that I was number three in the list of interpellators. Many more were allowed to interpellate and Section 54 of Rule 10 of the House Rules was not enforced.

When I complained that I was not being called to interpellate, I was told to call the Majority Leader but the Majority Leader did not answer my repeated calls.

(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.