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June 21, 2011

9 Reasons to Support the Legalization of Divorce in the Philippines

The Philippines is now the only country without divorce. Here are 9 reasons why we should enact our own divorce law. By Ana Santos
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It is official. The Philippines is now be the only country with no divorce law. Until recently, there were two countries in the world where there was no divorce—the Philippines and Malta. However, a recently concluded referendum in Malta showed that majority of the devoutly Catholic country were in favor of divorce so their government is now taking the necessary steps to craft their country’s first divorce law.

Now that Malta is joining the rest of the world in legalizing divorce, here are 10 reasons why the Philippines should follow suit. 

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  • Topaz Horizon Jun 21 2011 @ 10:57am Report Abuse
    For those who cannot separate church from law, please know that divorce is in the Bible. It is allowed. But only for one reason: "marital unfaithfulness" or sexual immorality.

    But the Bible also says that just because you're divorced doesn't mean you can marry again, as these verses testify:

    Matthew 5:32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. (NIV)

    Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery. (NIV)

    So the Bible says divorce is allowed but you can't marry gain anyway. So parang legal separation siya =D
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  • topaz_horizon Jun 21 2011 @ 04:38pm Report Abuse
    hi topaz, the divorce was the jewish law in which the followers of Jesus has already branched out. kaya nga tinanggap na ang mga gentiles eh. kaya hindi ko matatanggap ang analogy mo.

    pero pro-divorce din ako, kasi ang mga taong naghihiwalay, ibig sabihin hindi si Lord ang nagbuo.
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  • annie Jun 21 2011 @ 06:46pm Report Abuse
    of course divorce doesnt destroy the family or the marriage...it only allows people whose marriage is already destroyed to part ways without spending thousands and thousands of pesos on an annulment (my cousin spent over 300k on hers), killing their spouses, or having their kids emotionally scarred cause of the constant fighting or even abuse or abandonment. lets face it: in a perfect world, we wouldnt need divorce or annulment, but everyone makes mistakes.. they shouldnt have to pay for them their whole lives.
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  • fyre Jun 22 2011 @ 10:47am Report Abuse
    in the first place, why marry? one has to really think what MARRIAGE is all about... haaaaaaay, people!!!
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  • AC Suico Jun 22 2011 @ 11:23am Report Abuse
    Since the Philippine law has legal separation and annulment, we don't need to have a divorce bill, all we need is to amend the recent law particularly the annulment of marriages. The legislative branch has the power to do the amendments. Just to lessen the cost of annulment and amend the some provisions, especially the domestic violence must be included for the grounds of declaration of nullity of marriage.
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  • Aincee Jun 22 2011 @ 11:15pm Report Abuse
    I really super do agree! Specially for womanity, if they were physically, emotionally and mentally abused. Atleast it would helped them get through that commmitment of having mistake in their marriage life.
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  • claire Jun 23 2011 @ 01:27am Report Abuse
    I agree with Suico. The most immediate response we can do is to include violence in the valid grounds for the dissolution of marriage. Imagine how many miserable and battered wives are out there especially those who cannot afford a lawyer..
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  • NoToDivorceinthePhil Jun 23 2011 @ 02:08am Report Abuse
    This is the worst piece of crap i read here in FN. I mean, we should support the divorce just because annulment is expensive?? our country is the only one who doesnt have divorce yet??? Really, where else can you find reasoning that's more st*p*d than this ?
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  • chicafabulosa Jun 28 2011 @ 02:15am Report Abuse
    I think divorce should be legalized since it only leaves scar to the children. why pretend that both of you are okay when later on your kid will know you have kid outside. or you will just hurt your kid emotionally if he/she sees you and your partner fights all the time. kaya maraming bata ang nagiging loko kasi sa bahay abused na sila sa nakikita nilang away ng pamilya.
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  • luisacart Jun 28 2011 @ 10:50pm Report Abuse
    i think legalizing divorce in the philippines will be a good thing for our country. ang dami-daming nagpapaannul ng marriage nila because they really can't stay with their spouse anymore. the only difference is that a divorce will be cheaper and easier to get. saka dapat talaga separate and church and state. ndi lahat ng citizen ng pilipinas eh katoliko so the country should let the people decide on their own whether a divorce is something they will do or not. ang mahalaga ay available ang option na iyon sa kanila.
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  • don_ava Jul 05 2011 @ 03:02pm Report Abuse
    I agree with chicafabulosa.
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  • aplonie Jul 17 2011 @ 07:27pm Report Abuse
    i definitely agree with you fyre.. getting married is a lifetime commitment. that is why those who are getting married is always being asked "nagpunta ka ba dito ng kusang loob blah blah blah" during the wedding ceremony. mapa civil man or church yan...

    but i think case to case basis din naman. kasi may mga taong makikita mo yung ugali kapag kasama mo na sa bahay. but everything can be changed naman so it's up to the couples na how they will handle the issue. but if parehong ma-ego, wala talaga patutunguhan ang relationship kaya nauuwi sa annulment...and now higher level na coz they are pushing this divorce to be legalized...
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  • aplonie Jul 17 2011 @ 07:30pm Report Abuse
    i agree with you suico.

    congress only need to ammend the bill then..
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  • StantonBeatrice Jul 19 2011 @ 10:18am Report Abuse
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  • hannah Jul 20 2011 @ 12:40am Report Abuse
    kind of sad kasi yung sacrament na binding noon mas madali nanaman takasan. may option na naman na mag-back out pag "oops, parang mali ata ako sa desisyon ko." kaya nga BEFORE we get into marriage we think it through very well...parang wala nang silbi yung: "in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, til death do us part" na vow. pag na-approve ang divorce law, let's erase nlng rin this part sa kasal. palitan ng: "pag ayaw ko na, hiwalay na rin tayo..." :( maybe there is another way...
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  • Issa Rosalia Aug 29 2011 @ 05:37pm Report Abuse
    I totally opposes to what Topaz Horizon said in his comment here that "divorce can't allow anyone to remarry and is just like the same as legal separation". May I remind you sir that other countries who had been practicing divorce a very long time ago had allowed divorced couples to remarry. Divorce and legal separation has a biog difference, sir! :)
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  • Divorce in the Philippines Feb 11 2012 @ 10:24am Report Abuse
    Divorce can do more damages than you imagine. People just want to escape from mistakes.

    The thing is, before you marry someone, you should think five times and weigh things. Know your partner first his attitude... etc.. Try to meet his parents and his friends.

    Many failed marriages is due to "failure" in weighing things. As Jesus said in Matthew 19, Moses allowed divorce because their hearts were hard. But DIVORCE IS NOT A PART OF GOD'S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE.
  • jensaid Mar 06 2012 @ 12:53pm Report Abuse
    i must agree with luisacart.... in the 1st place the fruit of relationship (children) is the most concern in the situation... come to think.. the couple is already affected of having trouble for their family, how much more the kid??? it is better to raise a kid independently than to be w/ your partner and can't avoid to cause trouble in front of the child... the kid must suffer emotionally and possibly physically.. so I am pro-divorce...
  • jensaid Mar 06 2012 @ 01:04pm Report Abuse
    @Issa Rosalia : yes .. hmmmn.. but a I think what topaz mean is to remarry after every legal separation or divorce is like committing heavier sin ....
  • jensaid Mar 06 2012 @ 01:12pm Report Abuse
    sorry i mean i agree w/ chicafabulosa
  • pro divorce Jun 09 2012 @ 10:24pm Report Abuse
    For those who are against Divorce, It's all easy for you to say No to Divorce,Since Hindi nyo pa nararanasan ang isang relationship na di na nagkakasundo.or failed relationship.Wala namang may gusto noon sa simula.But in the long run pag di na nagkasundo,for sure both will work it out always.But in the end if talagang wala nang pag-asa ano pang gagawin ng naiipit sa di pagkakasundo? if they have no option? kung alam nyo lang ganong nakakasira nang ulo pag di nakayo nagkakasundo? So Give Them a chance to have a 2nd chance,Since God is a god of sencond Chances.
  • Julius Montealegre Aug 22 2012 @ 08:19am Report Abuse
    I think divorce should now be allowed in the Philippines this is not only for women but is also for men, not just we want to but have legal reason. Yesterday I talked to my wife and asking if she's still happy with me on first she don't want to answer but then she answered that she's no longer happy with me, we have 1 daughter 8 months old and I did everything just to make our family happy. While we are talking about this i just saw that her she is posting some pictures on her facebook acting like crying, laughing just like none happening to us at that time. I love my wife so much and I also love my daughter I don't expect that she can do this to me. I've always dreamed having a one big happy family of my own but now i koow that even my own daughter I will never have her custody. Now I am just thinking of taking my own life since I will never have my dreams come true just because of this mistakes
  • Patrick Sep 24 2012 @ 05:21am Report Abuse
    Divorce should be allowed in the Philippines, and marriages should not even take happen in the first place.

    What I mean is, if you truly love someone you don't have to go march at the isle of a church just to show off and just and fulfill some tradition that's been sooo highly commercialized. You can be someone with the one you love if you choose to be beside them, and if that someone does not want you or the relationship anymore, then find someone who will. If you had children from the relationship, not being married that does not stop you from fulfilling your rights and duties of as parent. Some would say that the children will be emotionally scared, but, would you let your kid grow up in a home with a mommy and daddy, but argue and fight all the time?

    There is also the case of violence and abuse, need i say more about this part? I think its self explanatory.

    Most of us are part of a congregation, and most likely against divorce and non-marriage. I'm catholic I only remained one because its the most convenient religion there is. I don't really rely on the bible or what ever holy scripture to guide me, they are written/created by man and they used it in religion to make some profits and brainwash/control people, many deaths and crimes were all care of religion since centuries ago.

    We just have to think about it logically, we have to evolve.
  • Seeking the Truth Oct 07 2012 @ 03:22pm Report Abuse
    I am a Philosopher, seeking truth is my quest in life. We may not believe in fiction but we do have extremely high moral values and ideals and morals....this is what truth is all about. I think the real issue here is not Divorce but more about empowering women and giving them the right to feed, clothe and educate their children. Keeping women in poverty and reliant on a man is as achaic as religion itself....subservience of women is what religion is based on...keeping them in a state of fear so they cannot make decisions for themselves. Using some outdated and archaic form of control over people (the Bible and religion) is very counterproductive for society as a whole. We sought the end of slavery in the the rest of the world many years ago. It is totally unfair on the people (especially women and children) of the Philippines to hold them in a life of fear and degradation and poverty for the sake of ancient teachings. I ask you to consider is it better to seek the truth or religion. Organised religion is wonderful for the purpose of community and teaching people to help and share with one and other but to use it as a means of controlling the masses (especially women and children) is just wrong. In the modern world you would be hard pressed to find a person who would seek the latter without some hypocrisy or self seeking power trance. There are many methods to control people and maintain a society of subservience and control but it is inhumane to force them into this lifestyle without offering them alternative that is designed by those who have not experienced first hand the suffering of living in an abusive or loveless relationship. The pain is very real and not only diminishes any chance of success for siblings or the family unit but it deprives them of any opportunity to seek an alternative or successful outcome in their lives. It is very selfish indeed.
  • Divorce Lawyer Parramatta Oct 15 2012 @ 08:00am Report Abuse
    There are are advantages and disadvantages of Divorce. The worst thing about divorce though is that, it is very open for abusive use. Usually people thought that after all divorce is there and if the marriage will not work, they can just apply for divorce.

  • tiara14 Feb 05 2013 @ 05:45pm Report Abuse
    I agree with having divorce in the phil.
    Cant u see?ang dami na merong 3rd party,anak sa labas,kabit etc.
    Why not let go of ourselves and be free of hassles.
  • minenow Feb 13 2013 @ 10:24am Report Abuse
    if annulment can be amended, no need for the divorce bill knowing the very slow process before a bill can be a legal law.
    i do not understand why we are implementing such an expensive procedural process of annulment with very weird acceptable grounds to get one. don't we realize that whether we have a divorce law or none, many couple still separate and the worse is many would just prefer to go for a live-in situation because of their fear to have unsuccessful marriage and turn out to be bind on a relationship that they regret for the rest of their lives.
  • sirspancake Oct 13 2014 @ 04:48am Report Abuse
    If you care for reforms to the Philippine law please sign this petition:

  • Bee_My_Forever Mar 24 2015 @ 03:34pm Report Abuse
    I thought Vatican is a country. :3
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