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Sen. Pia Cayetano says it's "high time" for a divorce bill in PH reports that Senator Pia Cayetano—who’s been separated from her husband Ari Ben Sebastian for eight years and is still in the process of annulment—said "she wants to file a bill seeking to legalize divorce."
Published on: May 25, 2012 - 4:00am reports that Senator Pia Cayetanowho's been separated from her husband Ari Ben Sebastian for eight years and is still in the process of annulmentsaid "she wants to file a bill seeking to legalize divorce."


The report quoted Cayetano, who said, "You know I really think it’s high time for the divorce bill. I’ve talked to lawyers, and psychologists and psychiatrists, and it is so traumatic for people to go through annulment because under our Philippine law, you have to blame someone, you have to say ‘You are incapacitated.' You are saying,  'This marriage never existed,' which is not true."


According to the report, Cayetano's divorce bill statement was her reaction Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III's recent annoucement that he and his wife of 12 years, Jewel May Lobaton, have separated.


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  • better life
    Divorce bill should be pushed through in our country, where men enjoys the advantages of the law. In every aspect, women are always offended here in our country. As for my experience, I've been in a "marriage made in hell". I was beaten and sometimes pointed a gun or knife towards me, a womanizer, has been with 4 different women in our marriage for 11 years (well, not to count those i have not caught), a certified drug addict, where half of his income goes to drug dealers, adding the fact that i'm psychologically and emotionally abused because it's a fact that drug addicts have extreme behaviors. SO WHAT NOW? Magtitiis na lang forever ang mga katulad ko, kung wala kaming 200,000 pesos na pambayad sa lawyer, not having the assurance na maga-grant ang annulment? Let's all make a stand to pursue this bill. We only have one life, and I believe we should live life happily, and not living in hell with our partners who made our life miserable. GO DIVORCE BILL!
    Aug 29 2012 @ 11:57am     Reply  
  • Mark
    @Makki Mabesa,
    Just be happy, try to love yourself more
    May 29 2012 @ 01:24pm     Reply  
  • Makki Mabesa
    I am very loyal wife since my husband is an IDEAL man of mine so i loved him very much to death that I felt myself a living dead started 29 years ago. Now i don't see any light for our reunion. what do you the best way for me to do? To die loving him? I eve don't know where he is?
    May 29 2012 @ 12:39pm     Reply  
  • cynical balikbayan
    some marriages work out... some dont. ive seen people commit adultery because they dont have the money or the patience to go through a 10-year long annulment.

    @1234: teka, shouldnt the marriage be the reward itself? kung naghahanap ka pa ng reward dyan, aba, baka hindi ka naman masaya?
    May 25 2012 @ 03:49pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    Jesuswasablackman, amen to that!
    May 25 2012 @ 02:58pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    There should be a divorce law in this country because the alternative, annulment, is pure hogwash. As the article put it, "This marriage never existed." Care to explain then the ceremony that transpired, the wedding photos, the invites, the reception, the honeymoon, the children that were consummated after several years, etc., etc., Does it mean to say that everybody's been had and it was all a charade?! Hoy mga cerrado catolico, maawa kayo sa mga bata!
    May 25 2012 @ 11:33am     Reply  
  • 1234
    rather than putting a lot of time, energy and money on the divorce bill --- why can't anyone introduce a bill that reward strong family bonds...high time to reward good behavior...reward couples whove been married for a loong time
    May 25 2012 @ 11:14am     Reply  
  • cynique
    divorce will change a lot of things...people may take marriage for granted, it would result to alot of broken a perfect world it would be best if people will stay together married for life, but we're not in a perfect world & things sometimes do not work out the like what we wanted to...sen pia knows exactly what she is saying coz she's in that very painful process with all other issues, if you don't believe in it, then don't do it, but do not condemn people just because their beliefs are not the same as yours... :o)
    May 25 2012 @ 10:31am     Reply  
  • ***usisero***
    Dahil nauuso ang hiwalayan sa senado, biglang gusto na nila magkaroon ng divorce law? Bakit ? Sa kanila ba dapat ang batas? Ibig kong sabihin dahil kailangan nila, dapat gumawa na sila? hehehe!
    May 25 2012 @ 09:35am     Reply  
  • Gina
    Sen. Pia doesn't know what she is saying., Divorce will not change anything. Stop tainting the sacrament of matrimony!
    May 25 2012 @ 09:16am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      Why do you think YOU know better than Sens. Pia Cayetano and Koko Pimentel? Why - are you even married yourself? Well, if so, congratulations to you and your husband! Sens. Cayetano and Pimentel are human beings like you and me...our needs evolve over time. Priorities do change - and no b*llsh*t dogma stuffed down our throats (with added threats of eternal damnation by hellfire to drive the point home) can change that.
      May 25 2012 @ 10:39am     Reply  
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