SENATE leaders foresee an uphill battle for the Senate Divorce Bill, although an alternative option is being seriously considered by lawmakers.
“Most likely dissolution of marriage instead,” Senate Speaker Tito Sotto III said in a text message to BusinessMirror when asked if Senators could muster a majority vote to get a bill approved. on divorce.
The Senate Speaker signaled the emergence of a consensus in favor of the alternative bill on the dissolution of marriage vows, rather than on divorce.
He added that the dissolution bill would provide for “broader and easier cancellation procedures”, but did not go into details.
Asked about the prospects for the divorce bill, Senator Joel Villanueva confirmed that he was “resolutely against” the controversial measure which has yet to be flagged for plenary consideration.
“The bill is still at committee level,” Villanueva said, adding, “once it reaches plenary, we will be ready to defend the proposed measure.”
Senator Richard Gordon projected an uphill battle to muster enough voices to rock the passage of the bill in the Senate.
“Mahihirapan [Itâll be
rough sailing]Gordon said, indicating a difficult task for lawyers to accomplish if the divorce bill were to be presented for plenary consideration at the resumption of sessions on November 4.
The Senate and House of Representatives earlier approved a Congressional timetable for this year that requires both houses of Congress to hold sessions from November 4 to December 20, 2019.
The Congress will adjourn from December 21 to January 19, 2020. It will then resume its ordinary sessions from January 20, 2020 to March 13, 2020, then resume its vacation from March 14, 2020 to May 3, 2020; reconvene the sessions from May 4, 2020 to June 5, 2020, before proceeding to the sine die adjournment from June 6, 2020 to July 26, 2020.