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Bishop vows hard fight vs divorce bill in Congress

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma   FILE PHOTO

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Wednesday said the divorce bill will struggle if pushed in the next Congress.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Belmonte changes mind, divorce law not priority


The reproductive health law may have successfully hurdled the congressional wringer despite stubborn opposition from the Catholic Church, but another potentially divisive measure also opposed by the Church may not be as lucky in the incoming 16th Congress.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Metro | Read More »



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.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Divorce talk irks Church

Retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani   FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Senate: Divorce bill after RH

Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

In The Know: Only the Vatican and the Philippines

Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan  PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

Apart from the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country in the world without a divorce law after Malta legalized divorce in 2011.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Divorce bill next–Belmonte

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Why the rush? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

After sin tax, House eyes passage of divorce, RH bills

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: June 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

High time to discuss divorce bill, says Pia Cayetano

Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

RH raging debates sound like Noli-Fili bill dispute


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 [...]

Posted: June 19th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Church poised to stage protest vs divorce bill

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. [...]

Posted: June 7th, 2011 in CDN - Visayas,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

House opens hearing on controversial divorce bill

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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 [...]

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

SWS: Half of Filipino adults agree on divorce

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 [...]

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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