The Philippines is the only country in the world that doesn’t have a Divorce Law. I don’t know if this is true for I have only known this from the background statement of the proposed Divorce Bill being refiled by a Gabriela Partylist representatives for the 5th attempt.
Anyway, I am very curious to know this House Bill 2380, Philippine Divorce Bill in the house of representative. Emmi A. De Jesus and Arlene D. Brosas of Gabriela Women’s Party have refiled this bill which is anchored in 5 reasons why the Philippines should have a divorce law.
They have the proof that Philippine society is ready for the legalization of this divorce bill. They claim that divorce is the solution to marriage which is no longer working. The quality of marital relationships is beyond realization. It couldn’t be attained anymore. So there is no other way to be at ease with that kind of marriage than a divorce could be availed of.
They had also cited statistics that divorce should be imposed. Can you imagine that 14.4 % of married women suffered physical violence and 23 % disturbed by emotional violence? As to the incidence of violence against women (VAW), it has increased in 2004 to 2012, while physical injuries recorded to 21%, the police reported.
From the court’s record, many have filed petitions for nullity and annulment of marriage and in the last decade, there were 4,520 petitions in 2001 and they reached to 10,528 in 2011. That simply shows that there are around 30 petitions a day.
5 Reasons why husband or wife should divorce his or her spouse when he or she is:
1. Separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least five (5) years and reconciliation is highly improbable;
2. Legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two (2) years and reconciliation is highly improbable;
3. Irreparable breakdown of the marriage;
4. Psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations; and
5. Suffering from irreconcilable differences.
Personally, I don’t favor for this proposal for this would be abused by either man or woman. By the way, as a faithful and responsible family, I know marriage is “ordained by God” and anyone doesn’t have the authority to put man and woman who are bound by marriage be separated. Besides, a family is a great opportunity for husband and wife to “procreate” the Spirit children of God. It is their great spiritual stewardship to do it.
However, according to the group of women, divorce is necessary to be legalized for there are many married women who are unable to stay away from the “unhappy and failed marriages”. What can you say about this point of view?