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Philippines: Supreme Court Rules on Psychological Incapacity as a Ground for Nullity of Marriage

(May 28, 2021) On May 11, 2021, the Philippines’ Supreme Court announced that it had modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for declaring the nullity of marriages in court. The requirements are set forth in article 36 of the Family Code, which provides that a marriage contracted by any […]

Philippines: Senate Sessions via Teleconference Approved

(May 11, 2020) On May 4, 2020, the Philippine Senate approved a resolution allowing for plenary sessions and committee hearings to be conducted via teleconference. Specifically, the resolution provides that when a majority of the members of the Senate determine that a national emergency or “force majeure” situation has occurred that prevents them from physically […]

Philippines: President Granted Temporary Extraordinary Powers to Combat COVID-19

(Apr. 30, 2020) On March 25, 2020, the Philippine government announced the approval of Republic Act 11469, a law granting extraordinary powers to President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at combatting COVID-19. Specifically, section 4 of the law authorizes the president to execute a wide variety of financial and operational measures to address the pandemic, including the […]

Philippines: Supreme Court Holds First Virtual Session, Addresses Petition to Free Certain Prisoners due to COVID-19

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 17, 2020, the Philippine Supreme Court held a virtual en banc session for the first time in its history in order to address an urgent petition requesting the release of elderly and sick inmates because of the risk they face in prison due to COVID-19, a government press release said. […]

Philippines: President Issues Executive Order Regulating Electronic Cigarettes, Vaping

(Mar. 27, 2020) On February 26, 2020, the president of the Philippines issued an executive order (EO) regulating the commercialization and use of electronic cigarettes. Background The EO states in its preamble that in 2016, the World Health Organization issued a report explaining that Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS) emit aerosol that commonly includes […]

Philippines: House Bill on Divorce Approved in Committee

(Mar. 4, 2020) On February 4, 2020, a bill proposing the legalization of divorce in the Philippines was approved by the Committee on Population and Family Relations of the Philippine House of Representatives. Currently, the Philippines and the Vatican are the only two sovereign states in the world that still prohibit divorce. Opponents of this […]

Philippines: Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage

(Jan. 24, 2020) On January 6, 2020, the Philippines’ Supreme Court announced it had dismissed a motion to reconsider its September 2019 ruling denying a petition to approve same-sex marriage in the country, effectively concluding this case “with finality.” The petition had essentially requested that the Court declare unconstitutional on equality grounds certain provisions of […]