PeoplePower Points: Sanctity vs Right on Divorce Bill

What are the views of the people on Divorce Bill?

Would it be beneficial for the Philippines to legalize divorce?  

Ruth Sacro, Marikina City: I still believe in marriage. Stay, if you still can, and if there is still love left; but if trust and respect are gone, then might as well live separate lives.
Cris Rivera, Rizal: No, a child who knows that his parents are separated will feel dejected. What’s beneficial for the Philippines is a happy and progressive family.

Sanctity of family
Armando Tavera, Las Piñas City: Divorce is only an option, but not the right solution. Filipinos have a high regard for the sanctity of marriage. Importante pa rin na buo ang pamilya.
Desuel Pardo, Mandaluyong City: Makasasama sa bansa yan dahil lubusan nang mawawala ang sagradong layunin at diwa ng kasal na isa sa mga natatanging gintong pamana ng ating masayang nakalipas.
Dr. Jose Balcanao, Benguet: Money-wise, it would benefit the government because of the high price of divorce. But morally, it would destroy the moral fabric of the family because the sanctity of marriage is destroyed. Divorce is good only when there is physical or death threat to either spouse.

Failed marriages
Renato Taylan, Ilocos Norte: If the divorce law would be well-crafted to benefit couples with irreconcilable differences, I believe it would be beneficial.
Louella Brown, Baguio City: It would be beneficial for the Philippines to legalize divorce. I have witnessed a number of failed marriages that cannot work anymore, no matter what.
Ryan Pahimulin, Rizal: If a limb is hopelessly gangrenous and a torture, why not amputate it?
C.B. Manalastas, Manila: Why not, if the cause of the marriage break-up is irreconcilable, and considering the number of separated married couples illegally living in with another partner? Divorce will legally free couples from being accused of adultery or concubinage, although this may run counter to the teaching of the church.
Jose Nobela, Ligao City: Legalizing divorce is justice out of misery. If divorce would mean putting an end to the plight of both parties into the strictures of religious and legal precepts, then this is a solution.
Elpidio Que, Vigan: It is a fact that countless marriages have turned sour, to the point of having violent consequence. Pretending to be “happily married” is the name of the game for many of them. Allowing them to divorce would be positive for them, so they could go their separate ways to find their real soul mates. Not allowing them would be cruelty of the highest order. Unlike divorce, marriage annulment is a long, tedious and costly process.
Destroys the basic unit of society
Edwin Chinel Monares, Rizal: No, it will be detrimental. Legalizing divorce is tantamount to destroying the basic unit of society.
Dr. Mel Jaingue, Quezon City: The legalization of divorce would not benefit our country as it would destroy the basic unit of society. Our Catholic nation gives so much value to making the family intact. Children of broken families are affected morally and psychologically, and this will eventually have an adverse impact on our country.
Rey Onate, Palayan City: The legalization of divorce will destroy the basic unit of our society, the family. Strong family ties make us unique.
Rene Poder, Manila: Even in the US, with its golden economic opportunities and social safety nets, poverty is high among divorced women with children. Gagaya tayo?
Carmel Felicitas, Pasig City: Many would say that the doctrine of the Catholic Church contributes to our backward view on marriage. Yes, we are now the only country in the world that doesn’t permit divorce, and this is mainly due to our religious belief in the sanctity of marriage. Divorce attacks the Filipino family, the basic unit of Philippine society. I don’t think divorce advocates should blame the Catholic Church for this, and that the Church and state should be separated.

What’s next?
Dennis Montealto, Mandaluyong City: There will be wholesale separation of marital unions, I foresee. What will they think of next? Pass a measure for euthanasia, abortion, same-sex marriage?
Elmo Cruz, Manila: If and when artificial means of birth control is enacted, legalizing divorce in the country will be in the offing. Next will be same-sex marriage and other bills that are offensive to God. Whatever benefit divorce and other immoral laws bring to the country, it is the soul of many Filipinos that will suffer.

Preempt crimes of passion
Pedro Alagano Sr., Vigan City: Yes, as it will become an antidote to minimize and/or preempt murder and other crimes related to infidelity.

Another chance at happiness
Rey Ibalan, Antipolo City: It is a fact of life that failed marriages exist. Legalizing divorce would be beneficial for those seeking another chance.
Jayson Biadog, Mandaluyong City: Yes, because we like freedom and we are not all perfect. In pursuit of happiness, we must all accept human error.

It will affect the kids
Eduardo Santos, Metro Manila: Legalizing divorce will only increase the number of delinquent children in our society.
Elenita Galvez, Quezon City: Divorce signals confusion among high school students about the true meaning of morality.
Miguelito Herrera, Cabanatuan City: The children will be affected. It will create more problems for them.
Gerii Calupitan, Muntinlupa City: Kawawa ang mga bata. Look at our stars, they rush into wedlock, then file for annulment shortly after. ‘Yun lang kumadre ko, nagpa-annul muna bago nagpakasal. What more kung may divorce ditto? My wife Julie might not be perfect, but we have survived 25 years of marriage warzone last January. In contrast, my pretty business partner lives with her husband just for the sake of their kids. As a Christian, she is anti-divorce, 100 per cent.

What are we so afraid of?
Rosalie Favila, Metro Manila: Most countries in the world have divorce, but a lot of them stay married till death. Anong kinakatakot mg mga Filipino sa divorce? Dahil ba maraming mga kilalang tao sa lipunan na doble-doble ang asawa? Di ba grave sin din yun?

For the rich
Ignacio Anacta, Metro Manila: Legalizing divorce in our beloved country will benefit only the rich, and may even perpetuate their evil ways more.
Ruel Bautista, Laguna: Divorce is expensive. It would only favor the rich, but would leave a deep wound, with kids caught between.
Ella Arenas, Pangasinan: Do we still need divorce when we already have annulment and legal separation? I am against it as it’s pro-rich.
Duardo Dilag, Metro Manila: The divorce issue is as equally contentious as the RH bill but it is unnecessary at this point in time because we have laws granting marriage annulment. To the great dismay of Catholics, even the Church grants the same. Only the rich will benefit if passed as law.

Grounds for divorce
Ishmael Calata, Parañaque City: I don’t see anything beneficial to the Philippines if divorce is legalized here. What I can speculate, if ever divorce is passed, is that it will benefit: 1. Only married couples with legitimate reasons to part ways; and 2. those with the propensity to call it quits, even for the flimsiest reason, who may tend to abuse the divorce law. As for the first, the basis for divorce must still be those accepted by the Catholic Church.
Joan Cejes, Makati City: With concrete reasons for divorce, good. But if no, that would be very bad. Nakakatakot pag nagkataon.

So showbiz
Ric Vergara, Calamba: No, only showbiz people will benefit from divorce.
Rico Fabello, Parañaque City:  No, divorce is not necessary. Local showbiz people know how to handle this. Let’s do it the way they do.

The government will make a killing
Robert Young Jr., San Juan: If divorce is legalized, one thing for sure, the happiness index among unhappy married couples will zoom. As to how the Philippine government will benefit will depend on how much they are going to charge couples for the filing fee.
Jose Fabello Jr., Cagayan de Oro City: I do not see it benefiting the country, but the legal profession should make a killing if divorce is legalized.

Will it help our economy?
Lorenzo Fernandez Jr., Cabanatuan City: Why talk about divorce? Have we solved our problems on corruption, unemployed graduates, crimes, and poverty? Why prioritize divorce, RH bill, and the like? Are we really that amorous?
Antonio Villanueva, Laguna: A divorce bill will not lure investors, improve employment/food production, and will only add to our oversupply of the most irresponsible parents on earth.
Alexander Raquepo, Ilocos Sur: I think we are again derailing our attention and focus on more immediate and serious matters of national interest, like poverty alleviation, flooding, school facilities, traffic, etc. The divorce issue can take the sidelines for the moment, since we already have legal separation and annulment.
Dr. Francis Regalado, Manila: There are more important issues in the Philippines rather than divorce. Solve poverty and corruption, and perhaps more couples will not resort to separation, because they would have less arguments.

Everybody will ask for it
Carmela Ramento, Cagayan de Oro City: Legalize divorce and most everyone married will ask for it, even for the flimsiest of reasons. Only the costs will prevent it from happening.
Johann Lucas, Quezon City: It would be beneficial for the Philippines to have divorce, provided that the right rules/ grounds on getting a divorce are elaborated clearly. Otherwise, too many Filipinos will get a divorce or take advantage of it.

RH Bill must come first
Edwin Castillo, Tanauan City: Congress should pass the RH bill first before legalizing divorce.

We don’t need it
Rex Earlou Calmerin, Iligan City: It’s like legalizing marijuana. Therefore, there is no point in it.
Antonio Bello, Manila: A big no! There is nothing from it that will benefit the country! It will only benefit a small sector of our country. To tell the truth, many married couples that separated have now been living with new partners. The way it is in the Philippines, divorce is not needed.
Jesus Mendoza, Pangasinan: No need to legalize divorce in the Philippines as it already exists in the form of annulment of marriage, which differs from nullity of the marriage contract.

Divorce vs. annulment
June Deoferio, Cavite: It will help ease the process of annulment cases filed in court if we legalize divorce. Both parties are free and happy.
J.R. Mondonedo Jr., Parañaque City: I am all for it. In a divorce, conjugal property is split, and you are obligated to give support to your children. The Philippines claims to be the only Catholic country in Asia, and does not want to legalize divorce, and yet you will find many mistresses and only those who can afford it who get their marriage annulled. Those who are against divorce are nothing but hypocrites, am I right? We all want our marriages to work out, but divorce is the only way we are given a chance to move on and be happy again instead of being stuck with a partner till kingdom come despite irreconcilable differences.

In keeping with the times
Germi Sison, Cabanatuan City: Legalizing divorce in the Philippines will ease the burden of separated or irreconcilable couples. They can go on their separate way and be free to remarry a new spouse. Broken homes are prevalent anyway among families, even without divorce. Others, however, may be wont to abuse this law, with no more second thought on getting married, as when they find it as a wrong decision, divorce will be the answer. I see no benefit, however, for the country, except for keeping up with the Joneses.
Pong Tenazas, Quezon City:  Yes, of course. Though we wish all married couples the very best in life, we cannot turn a blind eye to the reality that there really are broken relationships, no matter how we try to fix them. That’s why we have to deal with it by legalizing divorce. I hope there are better solutions, though.
Dondon Bautista, Metro Manila: Kung sa Rome, mayroon divorce, why not in the Philippines? We are only one of two countries in the world that does not recognize divorce. Brazil is made up of 80 per cent Catholics but divorce is legal.
Jim Veneracion, Naga City: It would indirectly be beneficial to the Philippines, while directly benefitting many couples that have long suffered from failed relationships. Notwithstanding the expected opposition of the church, divorce would be a welcome relief to the ever-increasing number of failed marriages. Let’s face it, it’s like hell on earth living in an irreconcilable marriage, and it could even shorten your life because of the stress. Lastly, divorce is most practical and is in keeping with the modern times.

Can we do it?
Felix Ramento, USA: The question is, can we do it? We cannot even pass a measure as vital as a sustainable population management program.
Deo Durante, Camarines Sur: No matter how many laws we have in the Philippines, these are of no use because we don’t implement it right or obey properly. Besides, our laws have not enough teeth or fangs versus violators.

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Why is the Philippines so afraid of changes? Change is good. Let's not be stuck, open your mind. YES to RH BILL and DIVORCE!"
May Legal Separation na. May Annulment na. Ano to pag dedebatihan naman ang Divorce. Hay Ano ba yan...."
Divorce is not a window for trial and error for worst case scenario!! Worst case!!"
I want to read the so-called Divorce Bill first before reacting. Our antiquated annulment laws leave much to be desired." Facebook Page

Doris Zontua   "Ang mag asawang hinde din naman nagkakasundo at madalas mag away mas maganda pang mag diborsiyo kesa sa nakikita ng kanilang anak ang araw araw nilang pag tutuos. Anong leksiyon ang matutunan ng bata sa kani kanilang magulang. Di ba sa bandang huli ang anak din nila ang mag su-suffer. Pero ang mga bata ngayong panahon na ito mas mautak pa kesa sa matatanda." 

Bongards "Lawyers and Judges are making thousands if not millions out of it, just simply play around, complainant wait for years and mostly end up nothing." 

pro-philippines"Dapat bago magpakasal siguraduhin mo na sya talaga ang mahal mo at sakanya mo ibibgay ang buong buhay mo."

Psylom  'Instead of a Divorce Law, maybe mas magandang higpitan ang pagpapakasal... to make sure na lahat ng magpapakasal ay sigurado at handa sa papasukin nila." 

parang kanin   by pro-philippines on Tue, 05/31/2011 - 06:28

sa kanin kinikompare ang kasal dati yan ang tinuro ng mga magulang natin. Ang ibig sabihin nyan tht Marriage is a LIFETIME DECISION. Pag naaprove yan pagnagpakasal ka at nagsawa ka may divorce naman hanggang di mo lang namamalayan na 10 beses ka na nagpakasal. Dapat bago magpakasal siguraduhin mo na sya talaga ang mahal mo at sakanya mo ibibgay ang buong buhay mo. I am pro-RH but anti-divorce and i am PROUD FILIPINO, THE ONLY NATION WITH NO DIVORCE LAW. wag tayo sunod ng sunod sa ibang bansa

Don't just think. Think right.

by Juan Pagod on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 21:45
To all of these self-righteous and hypocrite people who wanted to impose continuous hardship with already ailing lives of our fellow Filipino's.
Why don't we put all available options on the table and let those concerned individuals chose what solution suits them best given that they satisfy any legal obligation they must comply?
Is that too much for the "free people" and the so called Filipino "freedom"?
And why don't you stop shoving your obsolete-non-functional-old-age rhetorics of this and that and try opening your brain for some fresh air and start living in the 21st century where every viable option is used for the benefit of majority.
Not politically and religiously but what is really needed for the Filipino people to feel we are being heard and being given what we really needed.
We know our beloved country will be better without these hypocrites and selfish sheep disguised individuals.

 Lezuric Xin "Tayo na lang ang tanging bansang wala pang divorce. Pero para sakin, kilala tayong mga Pilipino ang pagiging malalapit sa ating mga kapamilya, hindi kaya mawala din itong magandang katangian nating mga Pilipino kung may divorce bill na ipatutupad? Siguro maging responsable na lamang tayo sa mga desisyon na dapat nating gawin. Sabi nga nasa huli ang pagsisisi.. tsk"
April Casquejo Sang-ayon ako. Kung gusto talaga ng gobyerno na isakatuparan ang demokrasya sa bansa, hahayaan nito ang nakararami na pumili-- na umalis sa posibleng mapang-abuso o miserableng buhay mag-asawa.
Karen Maralit Sang ayon ako sa divorce,oo nga't lbag ito sa kautusan ng dyos ngunit mas msma nmn n patuloy n mgsama ang magasawa khit wla n clang pagmamahal at respeto sa isat isa...plagi cnsbi n hndi dpat maghwlay dhil kwawa ang mga bta pero dba mas kawawa cla kung sa araw2 ay puro away at skitan ang nkikita nla!sna lwakan nla ang knilang pang unawa s bill n ito...:/
Renato Noynay Tama ang pinag-isa na Diyos walang karapatan ang tao, kasi tayong mga tao masyadong makamundo isinasantabi natin ang buhay espiritwal, dapat ang pagmamahal sa asawa laging ipadama tulad nong magsyota pa lang.
Joie Bernardo Nagpakasal nga kau eh tpos mghhwlay kau?panu ung bata?ou ssaya ung mgasawa n mghhwlay pero panu naman ung mga anak nila?hhyaan b nlang mgsuffer ung kids f0r their own happiness?ou my nbbugbog kya gsto mgdiv0rce,bkt hnd m ipakul0ng? ANG PINAGSAMA NG DIYOS HINDI PWDENG PAGHIWALAYIN NG TAO!!!
Shiela Peñamante Ano, dahil lang sa nag iisang bansa na ang Pilipinas sa mundo na walang divorce eh makikiuso na tayo? Pag legal na divorce, sa halip na ayusin ng mag asawa ang problema nila, magpafile na lang sila ng divorce without thinking what would be the consequences. Eh mas malaking porsyento ng gusto ng divorce eh yung nangangaliwa. Pag isipang mabuti dapat bago magpakasal kasi nagkakaroon lang ng failed marriages kasi hindi winork-out ng mag asawa.

Maricon Reburon
"Not favor..ginagawa na nlang laro ang pagpa2kasl, na pag pingswaan ita2pon nlng..."

"...not favor :/ because...if this be approved...then i would marry without thinking about the consequences kasi... there's divorce... i can switch whenever and wherever i want to :) diba? lol will encourage something that will make Philippines...not Philippines anymore...
and besides, this issue will always fall under the laws of The Lord."

Jewel Cacananta Libunao
 "nsa s inu n un qng tao o Diyos ang susundin nu" 
WalterJohn Villaflor
"no i'm not bec. they need to respect the vows they have gven to each other. There are greater and easier solutions than divorse"

 "I am in favor of divorce in the Philippines because there is a need to. I just felt like it."

Jenica M. Navarro ☑

Angelica Rafanan
 "DIVORCE is a no no for us. Hindi yun ang solusyon sa problema ng mag-asawa."

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President Benigno Aquino III
“Definitely I cannot support something like what you do in Las Vegas, yung stereotype that you get married in the morning, you can get divorced in the afternoon...I do recognize that there have been unions that were wrong, that no matter what interventions are done, no matter what counseling is done, they really cannot stay together. There is danger to either one or both parties in the marriage especially the children.  Divorce is a no-no. But in legal separation, you can assert that there really are irreconcilable differences..."

Parañaque Rep Roilo Golez
"Look at what’s happening in other countries with divorce. Half of my classmates at Annapolis ended up divorcing a few years after they got married, many because of flimsy reasons by their own admission"

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone
“We must continue to work for the preservation of the sanctity of marriage and the family. Legalizing divorce might encourage or promote destruction of families."

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga
"It would also encourage married couples who have differences to immediately seek divorce, though differences can still be reconciled. Moreover, I anticipate that the various churches in the Philippines would lobby against the bill. I still adhere to the biblical saying that what God had joined together, let no man divide it . Therefore, I vehemently object the bill."

Marikina Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo
"I believe it will not prosper as there is an overwhelming majority of congresspersons who believe in the sanctity of the family and its preservation as primary fabric of society....The solution is to make these laws more accessible and equitable. The solution is not to make dissolution easier through divorce. The state should spend more resources counseling and advicing couples especially the poor who don’t have access to psychiatrists. Preservation, not destruction of the family."

Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara
“Kapag nagkaroon g divorce law, tayo ay magiging tulad ng ibang bansa na kung saan basta na lang magpapakasal dahil alam na may divorce at di seseryosohin. May mga epekto din ito sa magiging mga anak ng mag-asawa."

Clifford Sorita, Sociology Professor, Philippine Women’s University
“Try to resolve the issues. Ang problema sa ating gobyerno, they don’t look at the sanctity and sacredness of this individual process na ginagawa natin....Kapag binibilisan mo ang isang bagay, eh tinatanggal mo ang isang proseso. Ibig sabihin, resolving problems, conflicts and issues ay hindi mareresolba ‘pag ginawa mo itong madalian...Ang kasal kasi sabi nga hindi parang mainit na kanin na kapag isinubo at napaso iluluwa. Kailangan marriage is something you have to work upon kailangan pinag-aaralan mo...Malaki din ang impact yung tinatawag na public personalities and how they deal with their marriages. Kasi lumalabas na ‘pag sila ang nagkaroon ng relasyon, yung mga artista para bagang in their own relationship mabilis silang palitan. So since sila ay mga may pangalan, sa mga bata parang okey din lang"

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz
Salamat sa Diyos dahil ang Pilipinas wala pang divorce law. Ang ating kultura at ugali ay makapamilya. Hindi pa kasama dito ang relihiyon. Napakaimportante sa ating mga Pilipino ang pamilya....The RH, divorce, and same sex bills are connected. Whether he endorses it or not, it is in his program. It's his people in Congress. Sana mali ako. Ang hirap paniwalaan ang Presidente kasi for one month, ang sinasabi at ginagawa hindi magkadugtong. Iba ang ginagawa sa sinasabi...Itong gobyerno ito ay gustong pasukin ang kwarto ng asawa, sirain ang tahanan at pati kalikasan. Kahit 1,000 beses man ang ikasal lalaki sa kapwa lalaki hindi ito legal at hindi dapat mangyari...Gusto kong tanungin ang mga nagsusulong sa divorce bill - Ilang asawa ang pwede kong iwanan? Ilang tahanan ang pwede kong sirain? At ilang anak ang pwede kong iwanan? Tandaan na ang unang biktima ng divorce ay ang mga bata"

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life
"They divorce their first, second, third spouses because they have this image of the ideal spouse. If the marriage falls short of that image, they will separate...If a court proves that there is psychological incapacity, the marriage is annulled. But then why should they be allowed to marry again? We just pass on the problem to the next marriage. Ang pinakamaganda - couples must know each other better before marriage...."It is very unfortunate what happened in Malta but it also makes us even more resolved to protect the institution of marriage."

Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of Cagyan de Oro City 
 “Legalizing something that is immoral will not make it right, but will instead make it worse...The sacrament of marriage is something that is meant for a life-long commitment, for the good of the children and the community. It is no longer just an individual kind of freedom because marriage itself is a social contract....Legalizing divorce is another way of saying that the lifelong commitment of marriage is no longer viable."

Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro V. Arigo  

“There are more important issues to address."

Bishop Teodoro Bacani

"Ilang babae kaya ang haharap sa altar at magsasabing "Mamahalin kita hanggang divorce lang?....Ang kasal ay hindi ginawa ng tao kundi binigay sa tao...Sabi ng pangulo, tayo na sa daang matuwid. Sabi ng Diyos I HATE DIVORCE...Sabi ng ilan wala dapat kinalaman ang relihiyon sa pagsasabatas, pero sa saligang batas we invoke the aid of Almighty..."

Bernadette Herrera-Dy

 "Marriage should be protected by the state. Ang kasal dapat forever, pinag-iisipan bago pasukin....Sinasabi nila mahal at matagal ang annulment. Ganun din naman ang divorce. Hindi ito solusyon...."

CBCP Episcopal Commission of Family and Life Atty. James Imbong

"Laws are for the common good. Common good ba ang pagbuwag ng pamilya at magsira ng mga buhay ng mga anak?"
 Evangeline Pascual

 "Hindi dapat gibain ng divorce ang anumang dapat buuin ng mag-asawa. For a family to get peace, there should always be love"

TV host Jojo Alejar
" We have all these intellectual discourse about divorce bill but we fail to see and put God into the equation...We will lose the sanctity of marriage, diminished to a level of commodity than commitment..."

Richard Gomez 

"if we don't have divorce in our country why do we have to be like other countries that have it? Ano Ito makagaya lang?"

Sen. Francis Escudero 
 "Against ako sa nakita kong probisyon on  divorce dahil pinapadali lamang nito ang divorce. Para sa akin, importante gawing mas accessible at gawing mas affordable ang annulment. Sa ngayon, mayayaman lang ang nagpapa-annul dito sa Pilipinas. Ang mahihirap, naghihiwalay na lamang at nagli-live-in pagkatapos pero may batas naman tayo kaugnay ng annulment...Ang nais nilang ground pag nanggugulpi ka daw, kung lasenggo ka at kung adik, pwedeng mag-divorce. Ang problema sa divorce, pwedeng mag-asawa pareho. So yung dating nanggugulpi, iba naman gugulpihin. Yung dating lasenggo, iba naman yung kasama niya habang lasing siya. Yung dating adik iba na naman ang kasama niya habang adik siya."

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A few number of public figures who support Divorce Bill

Rep. Luz Ilagan, Gabriela Women's Party

“Let us not keep our country in the dark ages...I appeal to my colleagues to act on the bill without further delay and give Filipino couples in irreparable and unhappy marriages this option (divorce).”

House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte 

 "I didn’t realize we had a divorce bill bound to be another one of those contentious bills. I myself am in favor of it...[It is] very difficult to let 2 people who cannot live together continue to live together. I think there are a lot of social problems. I have taken account of them its possible for 2 partners to continue to nurture children kahit diborisyado sila. I think even countries like italy have divorce law not to mention everybody else...Sa tingin ko magiging banggaan naman [ito]. Maybe not as much as [the RH bill]...The way annulment is working parang divroce na rin eh. Saka isa pa, really, ano ba status ng children. Some are grown up, [some have] have families of their own, ano naman status nila. I think the way we thought of annulment as an occasional thing, pero ang dami na rin eh almost like substitute or divorce...We're giving preference or priority to the economic package of the president..."

Jim Paredes
I have no need for divorce but I can imagine it will help those who have honestly given their all but are unhappy.

Lea Salonga
I don't know that the country is ready, but it should be available. People trapped in abusive marriages need a way out.

Elizabeth Angsioco
"Legal separation for property settlement w/o remarriage. Annulment for VOID & divorce for FAILED marriages. Iba-ibang solusyon."

former Gabriela party-list Representative Liza Maza
"Divorce is an option for marriages experiencing irreparable breakdown. This is not for happy marriages....A strong family marked by violence violates the sanctity of marriage....Tayo na lang po ang bansa na hindi nagpapahintulot sa isang reasonable at angkop na solusyon sa mga sitwasyon na kung saan na hindi na talaga kailangang pagsamahin pa ang mga gusto nang hindi magsama...It's time to have a dispassionate view and look at the merits of the proposal. The bill has serious concerns it wants to address. With legal separation the couple can't remarry... With psychological incapacity, you have to prove it's present at the time of the celebration of marriage. These legal remedies are insufficient, that's why the bill is introducing divorce."

Bayan Muna Representative and human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares

"May pag-asa ang divorce bill. Hindi dapat matakot ang congressman na bumoto dito dahil baka matalo sa eleksyon"

Executive Director of EnGendeRights Atty. Clara Rita Padilla

"Kung gagawin ng mga kongresista ang trabaho nila,maipapasa ito. Dapat iniisip nila ang for the public good, hindi ang boto"

Litigation and family lawyer Atty. Lorna Kapunan
" There are no illegitimate children; there are only illegitimate parents....Ang nakaka-afford lang ng Church annulment ay yun lang may kaya. Framers of Family Code want a civil remedy...It will happen because more & more families are living in marriages that are farce... Important Constitutional provision is protection of life, liberty and to pursuit of happiness - kasama diyan ang divorce."

Public interest law practitioner Atty. Ferdinand Topacio
"Ang mga batas ay dapat bumagay sa panahon. Ang mag-asawang nagrerespetuhan, kahit may 10 divorce bills ay di maghihiwalay....Interes ba ng estado na forever binubugbog ang babae,inaabuso ang mga anak?I don't think that's the intent of Constitution"

Noem Lardizabal-Dado

 "There has to be equal respect & rights given to men & women. This has to be more important than “protecting the sanctity of marriage...for women in abusive marital relationships, need for a divorce law is real. Time we give Filipino couples, especially women this option...I believe my marriage worked because both of us wanted it to work but what about others who leave or abuse their spouse?"

Silver Jackson


 "I am in favor of divorce bill. Let's heal the world."

Veteran director Joey Reyes
"Hindi ako naniniwala na kapag ni-legalize mo ang divorce na ang Pilipino magiging pariwara, burara at hindi bibigyang pahalaga ang pagpapakasal. I think ang bata na sobrang pinoprotektahan ay lalaking inutil. At ang kaisipan ng Pilipino ay malapit na sa pagiging inutil dahil sa dami ng hipokrisiya at [mga taong] nagmamaganda o nagmamalinis sa ating lipunan...Kahit na nakalantad na ang katotohanan na kapag ang dalawang tao nagkamali sa kanilang pagsasama, hindi yun kasalanan. Tao sila kaya sila nagkakamali at kailangang mabigyan ng pagkakataon na maging maligaya muli...Totoo, may legal separation and annulment. Pero alam mo ba kung magkano ang gagastusin ng taong gustong magpa-annul? A minimum of 150,000 to 200,000 pesos. Ilan sa Pilipino ang kayang gumastos ng ganyan para lang isatuwid ang kanilang buhay at magkaron ng chance na lumigaya ulit...Hindi ako naniniwala na porket tayo lang ang bansa na walang divorce dapat tayo makisunod sa uso. Hindi naman yun ang punto e. Ang punto e magtiwala naman kayo na may utak ang Pilipino. Magtiwala naman kayo na ang Pilipino mature enough to make decisions for themselves. At magtiwala tayo na ang lahat ng tao nagkakamali, pati mga tao sa simbahan."

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