SiletVoice Points: Let's remain uniquely against divorce

     For the sake of every Filipino who could hardly understand English language, please click this Si Juan, ang Bayan, ang Diborsyo. That is my Filipino version (not translation)
     Citizens of the Catholic Mediterranean state of Malta have voted in favor of legalizing divorce, announced Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzo on Sunday, May 29. Malta is the only other country apart from the Philippines that bans divorce. It is also the last European country where divorce is considered illegal.
    A controversial bill to legalize divorces in the Philippines has stirred controversy among congress members in the archipelago.
     The bill, House Bill No. 1799, also known as “An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines” was filed by Congresswomen Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus on July 27, 2010.  Both congresswomen are members of the political party group Gabriela Women’s Party, which focuses on advancing women’s rights in the Philippines.

     Currently, it is illegal to obtain a divorce in the Philippines.  An annulment or legal separation is recognized by the government, according to the Family Code, executive order number 209, signed July 26, 1987. 
Based on the Philippine e-Legal Forum, there are several grounds for legal separation:

- repeated violence,
- corruption and inducement,
- drug addiction,
- homosexuality,
- sexual infidelity and perversion, and,
- abandonment.

     These grounds are absent in other options for couples, such as annulment and declaration of absolute nullity of marriage. The latter means that the marriage was void from the very beginning.
Grounds for annulment, according to the site, include:

- lack of parental consent,
- insanity,
- fraud,
- force or intimidation,
- impotence, and,
- a party is afflicted with a sexually-transmissible disease.

     My humble opinions, my viewpoints....

     I am against on the legalization of divorce in the Philippines. It is the government responsibility to take actions on the problems of the country. They have the responsibility to protect the basic unit of a society and that is the family. Is it right to copy other countries? Yes, we had been left by these countries who embraced the style of legal separation but is it enough to say, 'Let's join them?' 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. 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. It would also encourage married couples who have differences to immediately seek divorce, though differences can still be reconciled. 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. Legal separation - either divorce or annulment should not be introduced to every couple. God says, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.", Matthew 19:5-6. Therefore, I vehemently object the bill. 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. Preservation, not destruction of the family. They say divorce is the solution, BUT IT IS NOT. It will exacerbate problems instead of giving solutions. We live in a democratic country. Let us choose. NO TO DIVORCE. We are Filipinos. We care about our children. NO TO DIVORCE. We are family oriented. Don't destroy your home. NO TO DIVORCE. We are Christians. Believe. NOT TO DIVORCE. Let's remain uniquely against divorce. NOT TO DIVORCE. Be a voice. Speak your mind. You have the right, say, NO TO DIVORCE.
      The members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) believe that marriage is sacred. Whatever results, either to prosper or unsuccessful- Divorce, we will hold on the words of God. We will stand. We will not accept. We will not embrace legal separation- either annulment or divorce. We still adhere to the biblical saying that what God had joined together, let no man divide it . Therefore, we vehemently object the bill. Let's remain uniquely against divorce

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