Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas expressed confidence that the proposed measure for absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines tackled in the 18th Congress will be approved soon.
Brosas, who is one of the authors of the proposed measure, said deliberations are ongoing in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
The House Committee on Population and Family Relations has moved to create a technical working group on the three pending bills on divorce.
Brosas said that the subpanel will finish its deliberations next week.
During the 17th Congress, the House of Representatives approved the absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage bill on third and final reading. However, it did not get the same approval from the Senate.
Last September, the Senate Committee on Women, Gender and Family Relations conducted its first hearing on divorce bills filed in that chamber.
“Umuusad sa Senate, umuusad sa Lower House. So we are seeing medyo positive dito sa divorce bill. Plus maraming advocates kahapon, natutuwa. Lalo na sa social media, marami ngayon ang nagre-react na sana maipasa na ang divorce bill,” Brosas said.
The Catholic Church, on the other hand, has expressed opposition on this measure.
For his part, Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), expressed his opposition to the passage of the divorce bill, saying that is already unnecessary considering that are existing legal remedies for the separation of married couples.
“Maraming legal na pamamaraan para mapaghiwalay mo ‘yung mga mag-asawa na hindi na talaga magkasundo,” Secillano said during a television interview.
“Mayroon tayong legal separation, mayroon tayong declaration of the nullity of marriage, mayroon tayong annulment… kulang pa ba? Bakit ka pa magdadagdag?” Secillano said.
Brosas said the measure is only meant to give an additional option for separating couples.
“Hindi naman natin winawala yung annulment. Nandoon pa rin yung annulment, nandoon pa rin yung nullity of marriage, at nandoon pa rin yung legal separation,” Brosas said.
“One of the option is divorce. It’s about time para magkaroon ng divorce dito sa Pilipinas kasi kung maaalala niyo tayo lang ang walang divorce expect for Vatican,” she said./Stacy Ang