‘FRUS­TRATED’

Taguig City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pia Cayetano says on Se­nate's re­jec­tion of the pro­posed divorce bill

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

If given the chance to be back in the Se­nate, Taguig City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pia Cayetano said she will still push for the divorce bill which was re­jected in the Se­nate last March 2018.

“Gi­nawa ko na sa House, bakit hindi ko gagawin sa Se­nate? You can ex­pect me to be con­sis­tent. Yun lang na­man ako,” Cayetano told re­porters yes­ter­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019 on the side­lines of 4th Pi­nay in Ac­tion (PIA) Cup foot­ball tour­na­ment at Tionko field, Barangay 76-A, Matina, Davao City.

She, how­ever, ad­mit­ted be­ing frus­trated with the Se­nate's lack of sup­port and con­sid­er­a­tion on the in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of divorce in the coun­try.

“I'm very sad na hindi ‘yan in­aksy­onan ng Se­nate. I'm sad to know that they did not even bother to have a hear­ing which I be­lieve, with all due re­spect to my col­leagues, sana na­man bini­gyan ng kahit konting pana­hon for hear­ing,” she said.

March 19 of last year, while the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the House Bill 7303 or the pro­posed mea­sure seek­ing to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize ab­so­lute divorce and dis­so­lu­tion of mar­riage, the Se­nate did not sup­port the bill.

“I am not push­ing it for ev­ery­one. Of course not! I am a be­liever of the sanc­tity of the fam­ily but there are very abu­sive re­la­tion­ships that are in need of a le­gal mea­sure that would pro­tect and help them,” she said.

Cayetano added the Se­nate should have seen the need of the pol­icy as it will af­fect the so­ci­ety.

I’m very sad na hindi ‘yan in­aksy­onan ng Se­nate. I’m sad to know that they did not even bother to have a hear­ing which I be­lieve, with all due re­spect to my col­leagues, sana na­man bini­gyan ng kahit konting pana­hon for hear­ing. PIA CAYETANO Taguig City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

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