HOUSE committee on women and gender equality chair Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy presides the deliberations on House Bill 6595 also known as the “Civil Partnership Act” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
One of the provisions of HB 6595 discussed in the hearing was the contentious issue on the definition of the term “civil partnership”. As defined under the bill, civil partnership refers to “a legal relationship between two persons, of either the same or opposite sex, established pursuant to this Act.”
In the previous meeting, Rep. Michelle Antonio recommended the deletion of the phrase “or opposite sex”. The body decided to take up the issue again in the next hearing after Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin, one of the authors of the bill, said she had to confer with the rest of authors about the definition. Others present during the meeting were Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Reps. Ma. Lourdes Aggabao, Vilma Santos-Recto, Michelle Antonio, Rosemarie Arenas, Micaela Violago, Geraldine Roman, Divina Grace Yu, Jennfier Barzaga and Anna Katrina Enverga.