As we celebrate Mother’s Day to honor the most important women in our lives, allow me to point out one significant piece of legislation.

As one of the co-authors, I laud Speaker Martin Romualdez, the Makabayan bloc, Rep. Geraldine Roman, and Rep. Marjorie Ann Teodoro for their leadership and collaboration on HB 8009.

HB 8009 or the Expanded Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act was approved on third and final reading and sent to the Senate in May 2023.

HB 8009 is the product of multi-partisan support in the House. It is one of the bills that prove how well the House majority and minority work together for the common good.

The House prioritized HB 8009 because criminals have resorted to using new tech to inflict harm upon women and children.

HB 8009 updates and upgrades RA 9262 by integrating provisions to protect women and their children against violence committed through electronic and information and communications technological means.

We here in the House are waiting for the Senate to invite the House to a bicameral conference committee to reconcile HB 8009 with the Senate version.

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