THE House of Representative has approved on second reading a measure that proposes the recognition in the Philippines of a foreign divorce.

House Bill 7185, or an Act "Recognizing the Foreign Decree of Termination Of Marriage and Allowing Its Subsequent Registration With the Philippine Civil Registry," is authored by Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano.

The bill seeks to eliminate the need for judicial recognition of a foreign decree of termination of marriage or divorce that the foreign spouse of a married couple has acquired.

Under the bill, the Filipino spouse can remarry under Filipino laws as soon as the divorce decree has been granted by another country.

The bill covers a Filipino who has acquired foreign citizenship and who has divorced from a Filipino spouse abroad. (SunStar Philippines)