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ANTI-CHILD MARRIAGE BILL GETS HOUSE OK – HERRERA

The House of Representatives approved on final reading a measure seeking to end child marriages in the country. With 197 affirmative votes, 0 negative votes, and 2 abstentions, the chamber passed on third and final reading House Bill 9943, which seeks to protect children by prohibiting and declaring child marriage as illegal and imposing penalties […]

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SENATE OKS BILL VS CHILD MARRIAGE — HONTIVEROS

The Senate is clamping down on child marriages by passing a bill declaring it as a public crime. Senate Bill No. 1373, seeking to prohibit and declare child marriage as illegal, was approved on final reading with 21 affirmative votes, no negative vote and no abstention. Senator Risa Hontiveros, principal author and sponsor of the […]

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GATCHALIAN: RAISE AGE OF SEXUAL CONSENT

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic threatens to force millions of girls into child marriages, Senator Win Gatchalian reiterated the urgency of raising the age of sexual consent as one of the measures to combat this form of gender-based violence and human rights violation. A child marriage is a marriage of a boy or a […]