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By Conrado De Quiros
Smarting from losing the reproductive-health vote in Congress, the bishops and their anti-RH allies lashed at Sonny Belmonte last week for suggesting divorce was next in line. What actually happened was that the Speaker was asked in an interview if divorce was in the offing, and he answered that it would have to wait till the next Congress. But, he added, better if even now it was already being discussed, “mabuti na rin ’yung pinag-uusapan.” The anti-RH camp was pissed.
By Philip C. Tubeza
Catholic Church leaders warned that the proposal to introduce divorce in the Philippines would further divide the country after the bitter debate over the contentious reproductive health (RH) bill and implant a “culture of death” in the nation.
By Maila Ager
Senator Pia Cayetano, head of the Senate committee on youth, women and family relations, is ready to engage in another controversial issue, the proposed divorce bill, but only after Congress is done with the Reproductive Health measure.
Apart from the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country in the world without a divorce law after Malta legalized divorce in 2011.
By Christian V. Esguerra
While Roman Catholic bishops and prolife groups were still recovering from their crushing defeat on the reproductive health (RH) bill, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte dropped yet another bombshell—he wants a divorce law in predominantly Catholic Philippines.
By Karen Boncocan
After the sin tax reform bill, will the divorce bill be next in line for passage at the House of Representatives? Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. told reporters after closing the second regular session that the divorce bill, along with the contentious Freedom of Information (FOI) and Reproductive Health bills, will be prioritized when they come back in July for the third regular session.
By Maila Ager
Senator Pia Cayetano believes it is now high time for Congress to start discussions on the controversial divorce bill following public disclosure of two of her colleagues that they had ended their marriage.
By Ricardo S. Malay
The raging controversy on the reproductive health and divorce bills recalls a similar period in the 1950s when religion was at the heart of a debate on the so-called “Noli-Fili” bill that proposed the teaching of the national hero’s two famous novels. In 1956, Senator Jose P. Laurel sponsored a bill that sought to inculcate [...]
BACOLOD CITY — The Catholic Church here is ready to hold protests in the street against the divorce bill. Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, on Saturday said the Catholic Church would protest against the passage of the divorce bill, just as it was opposing the Reproductive Health bill. [...]
By Cynthia D. Balana
, Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives on Wednesday opened an inquiry into a bill seeking to legalize divorce in the Philippines, but the chamber was promptly reminded by a Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official that the Constitution prohibited this. Jo Imbong, legal counsel of the CBCP, said divorce could not be a remedy [...]
Half of adult Filipinos agree on legal divorce for separated couples, a recent survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) found. The survey, conducted nationwide from March 4 to 7, asked 1,200 respondents whether they agree or disagree with the statement, “Married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce [...]
By Christine O. Avendaño
MANILA, Philippines—It’s not that Malacañang doesn’t want to ruffle Church feathers again, but it just doesn’t have a position yet on a controversial divorce bill being revived in Congress. And so President Benigno Aquino III’s deputy spokesperson, Abigail Valte, on Tuesday steered clear on talk about legalizing divorce in the country, which, like the reproductive [...]
Overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Malta has voted to legalize divorce, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi announced on Sunday after a referendum, leaving the Philippines as the only country where it is banned.