Philippines Senate Holds First Hearing on Divorce Bill

by admin on September 19, 2019

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The Philippines, one of the last places on earth where divorce is still illegal, is holding its first hearings on a bill that will enable unhappily married couples to seek a lawful split.

Opposition to the bill in the devoutly Catholic nation claims that divorces will break up families and permanently scar children who have to watch their parents separate.

Proponents of the divorce law say the opposite is true.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a long-time advocate of divorce legalization, points out that the bill is actually “pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-children” when you stop to think about it.

Filipinos, she said, should be able to exit loveless and abusive relationships.

“It makes us respect marriage more by being more discerning with our choices in life. It protects children from abuse and rebuilds broken families,” Hontiveros further added at the hearing.

In the Philippines, more and more people are forgoing marriage in recent years with many experts citing the lack of a divorce bill as a major factor.

Foreigners are permitted to seek a divorce in Thailand assuming they have legal residency status in the country and valid grounds for divorce.

Catholic groups disagreed, stating that the bill will destroy the sanctity of marriage and the disintegration of families all across the Philippines.

More extreme Catholic activists boldly claimed that legalizing divorce will lead to polygamy in the country.

One thing–oft-cited by opposition groups–that proponents of the new divorce legislation must contend with is the fact that the Philippines is one of the few countries in the world with marriage law written into the constitution.

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