Filipino bishops appalled as new divorce bill introduced in Congress

Filipino Catholic bishops have expressed dismay at the tabling of another bill in Congress proposing to legalize divorce in the country.

Jul 08, 2022

Filipino watchers say a Las Vegas-style divorce, which is done and completed in minutes, is not on the horizon at all in the predominantly Catholic country. (LiCas News Photo/Angie de Silva)

MANILA: Filipino Catholic bishops have expressed dismay at the tabling of another bill in Congress proposing to legalize divorce in the country.

“It is unfortunate that some lawmakers prefer to focus on breaking up marriages rather than repairing them or strengthening the marital bond,” said Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the bishops’ conference public affairs committee.

Filed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, the “absolute divorce law” proposal aims to provide absolute divorce for “irretrievably broken” marriages with “affordable, quick and inexpensive” court proceedings.

“To think that Filipinos are embroiled in much bigger issues, people like Lagman are busy advancing their irrational pleas instead of legislating policies that will reduce the negative impacts of the relentless rise in the price of oil, inflation, rising tariffs, unemployment and COVID-19,” Fr. Secillano said in an interview on church radio Veritas 846.

The priest said that “The unreasonable penchant of these lawmakers for the divorce bill as we reel in the shock of economic devastation tells me that this is no longer about helping Filipinos out of poverty. economic poverty, but a matter of pride and submission to whoever is behind this measure”.

Lagman, however, said his bill “provides clear and categorical guarantees for the preservation and protection of marriage.”

“While the state continues to protect and preserve marriage as a social institution and as the foundation of the family, broken marriages beyond rehabilitation occur due to human failings and frailties,” did he declare.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said in March that there were cases in which divorce was “requested” and “that can’t really be resolved,” although it still shouldn’t be easy to resolve. obtain. —LiCAS News

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