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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