Lawmakers deplore House panel approval of ‘unnecessary’ divorce bill

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers have continued to reject a divorce bill in the Philippines despite its approval at the House committee level.

CIBAC Party-list Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie “Villanueva called the bill” practically unnecessary “, saying the institution of divorce in the country will not solve the real problems of those who wish to leave their marriage.

“First, it does not address the issues of high cost of litigation and slow settling of cases, which are the real issues faced by those seeking redress from troubled marriages, especially poor petitioners,” Villanueva said in a statement.

“Second and above all, it is a clear challenge to God and to the Constitution because it will terribly degrade the sacrosanct nature of marriage as an inviolable institution,” he added.

Villanueva argued that there are already laws to address the problem of broken marriages, making the divorce bill “unnecessary”.

“Worse, it makes marriage ‘cheap’ because the grounds it describes as the basis for divorce are superficial and do not promote the strengthening of families – which the Constitution and various court cases have ruled out,” he said. legislator.

Instead, Villanueva said the government could improve the cancellation process in the country and make it pro-poor.

“It may require executive or legislative action, but certainly not a divorce bill,” he said.

Meanwhile, parliamentary minority leader and representative for Manila, Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr., said the government should “find ways to keep families together, not to separate them.”

Abante called on his colleagues to “reverse this disturbing path which threatens this sacred institution”.

“This divorce bill, unfortunately, only serves to erode the foundations of an institution that even the Constitution says we should value and protect,” Abante said in a statement.

Quoting the Constitution, Abante underscored the government’s responsibility to “protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution”.

Abante added that if the House insisted on seeking a divorce, it would have to repeal provisions that allow annulment.

“We just provide too many doors through which married couples can exit their marriage. Although in extreme cases it is justified, I believe that one door is more than sufficient, ”said the lawmaker.

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