LAWMAKERS ARE OPTIMISTIC PH DIVORCE LAW WILL BE PASSED THIS TIME

LAWMAKERS ARE OPTIMISTIC PH DIVORCE LAW WILL BE PASSED THIS TIME

The Divorce Bill has gained a lot of scrutiny from the people. It has passed the House of Representatives and is now filed in the Senate. Reportedly,

NO ONE STARTS OFF GREAT – A NOTE TO SELF

The Divorce Bill has gained a lot of scrutiny from the people. It has passed the House of Representatives and is now filed in the Senate. Reportedly, the divorce bill has not come this far. Thus giving hope that it will be passed this time.

According to Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, 

“If what we’re after is a remedy to a married couple with irreconcilable differences, let us look for this remedy. But [let’s] give it another name. I would be open to that. For example, dissolution of marriage.”

Senator Pimentel, whose first marriage was annulled and now remarried, strongly supports the divorce bill but as long as it stands on valid grounds. Unlike in other countries which grants divorce just because the couple does not want each other anymore.

On July 10, 2019, Senator Risa Hontiveros refiled Divorce Act of 2019 for a whole different reason. A research conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that one out of four women suffer from abusive marriages and violence. She intends to use the divorce bill as a way to solve this.

According to her,

“It is our duty to protect the well-being and quality of life of our people, especially our women.”

She added,

“They (women), together with their children, deserve not only a second chance, but all the chances available in this world to find true and meaningful relationships and build nurturing families.”

Hontiveros shared on a social media post, the grounds for absolute divorce that was mentioned in the bill are, psychological incapacity (possibly for either one of the married couple), marital rape, and being separated for at least 5 years. She also shared that the process of filing for absolute divorce “will go thru a process w/ everyone’s best interests at heart.” However, she ruined the gravity of her post by adding, “Hindi yan fastfood”, referring to the process of filing.

Social media being as it is, showed how the netizens think about this. One netizen in particular, pointed out that marriage is a sacred act.

According to her,

“No. Hindi na magiging sacred and pagpapakasal. Anytime pwedeng bawiin. Ano yun joke lang? Kapag ayaw m n divorce agad hindi ganon naka design ang marriage!”

Unfortunately, during the 17th Congress, the divorce bill (Senate Bill No. 2134) Hontiveros filed last January 2019 was turned down. But she is hoping it would take a different turn as the opening of 18th Congress discussed the bill. She is optimistic because Pimentel and Senate President Tito Sotto are now open to discussing the bill.

House Bill No. 7303 otherwise known as “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines” has now passed the house of representatives.

Happy endings may not be on everyone’s book. The debate of those who do not believe divorce is necessary and those who do, still stands. Divorce in its new name or not, is still against God’s teaching that what He has joined together, let no man separate. It’s a statement as plain as it can be in which even a 3-year old can understand. As pertaining to abusive marriages, don’t we already have laws for that? If there’s evidence of spousal violence, you can report to the police. But the thing is, there has to be evidence and it has to be reported. Same thing with divorce, it has to be filed, to be reported. So what makes divorce a necessity? If its costly to file for divorce, then only the rich can benefit in this. Doesn’t this only worsen the cases of adultery in the country? Won’t divorce bill encourage married couples to seek new love whenever a fight ensues instead of working for their marriage to work? Do marriage need a reset button everytime it fails?

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