FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (RTVM)
MANILA, Philippines — When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the divorce bill being pushed in Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce. Ang sabi niya kawawa ang mga anak. At kung magkakaroon ng divorce, mawawalan ng karapatang magsampa ng kaso yung mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mga asawa nila matapos silang mag divorce.”
(The President is against divorce. He said children would suffer the most. Also, if there is divorce, it will deprive abandoned spouses the right to file charges after they’ve been divorced.)
Roque explained that the President still sees the possible effects of the bill on children with separated parents, despite being separated himself from his first wife.
Last week, the Lower House approved on second reading the proposed divorce law. The Lower House plans to pass it on third reading on Tuesday.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez joined the bill’s proponent Albay Representative Edcel Lagman in pushing the bill.
Meanwhile, no one among the senators has filed a counterpart bill as of Monday.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto previously said that such bill is likely to fail in the Senate.
Under the proposed bill, the process of divorce is made faster and cheaper.
The Philippines allows annulment of marriage but the process is expensive and usually takes years.
Currently, the Philippines and Vatican City are the two states left in the world that oppose legalization of divorce. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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