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News on PH being only anti-divorce country in the world makes it to New York Times
Published on: Jun 21, 2011 - 7:39am

( News about the Philippines being one of the last countries, apart from Vatican City, to ban divorce made it to The New York Times last Friday, June 17, in an article titled “Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce,” which was written by Manila-based freelance journalist Carlos H. Conde.


The article outlined how the dormant issue of divorce in the country was reignited days after citizens of Malta voted to legalize divorce last month. “The global reality is that divorce has been recognized as a legitimate option for couples, particularly for women, who are trapped in unhappy, even violent unions,” said Gabriela party-list Representative Luz Ilagan, who co-authored the bill, said.


Addressing issues that legalizing divorce promotes impulsive marriages, Ilagan clarified that her bill is “divorce, Filipino-style” because it requires applicants to have been legally separated for at least five years. “There won’t be any Britney Spears marriages under our divorce law,” said Ms. Ilagan, referring to the pop singer’s marriage to her highschool sweetheart in 2004, which lasted less than three days.


Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz, who is leading the Church is its fight against the bill, said “That (being the only country against divorce) is a distinction that we should all be very proud of… It says that we are not one of those who believe the family can be destroyed.” The article, however, also quoted earlier reports mentioning that President Noynoy Aquino does not view the divorce bill as a priority and that he wants to preserve the "sanctity of marriage."


According to Conde’s article, divorce is not an alien concept in the country, having been legal during the US and Japanese occupations. It was only prohibited with the enactment of the 1949 Civil Code.


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  • ***usisero***
    Dapat lang ma-legalize ang divorce dito para maraming pagkakataong maitama ang maling pili ng ka-partner. AT maiwasan ang maraming awayan ng mag asawa.
    Jul 02 2012 @ 12:16pm     Reply  
  • vinalariza
    this shoudnt be approved. we should respect marriage. if things dont work out, then separate physically. however, both parties are not allowed to remarry or to have extramarital affairs.
    Jul 02 2012 @ 11:30am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      you're asking for the moon here, human nature being as it is.
      Jul 02 2012 @ 01:31pm     Reply  
  • pinoy?
    @glad to be pinoy,rnrnYan nga ang sakit ng Pinoy culture eh. rnrnPag nanalo si Pacquiao sa ring, sasabihin nyo na magaling ang Pinoy. As if naman lahat ng pinoy magaling. Pero nung sinabi ni jepong na world class sa kalokohan ang pinoy, biglang naging defensive. rnrnKapag good things inaangkin ng lahat. Pag bad things, hindi inaako.
    Jun 23 2011 @ 11:17am     Reply  
  • glad to be pinoy
    @jepong,rnrnNais namin maunawaan kung paano ka mag-isip. Maari mo ba ipaliwanag sa amin ang batyan mo upang sabihin na ang PINOY AY WORLD CLASS SA KALOKOHAN?rnrnSinasabi mo rin ba na ang buong lahi mo, kasama ang iyong anak, magulang, kapatid, kamag-anak ay mga WORLD CLASS din sa kalokohan?rnrnGumagalang,
    Jun 22 2011 @ 07:03pm     Reply  
  • bagong bayani
    @ jepong, sabi mo "basta kalokohan... pinoy pang world class!!! ". I don't think so. Mahilig lang ang press mag publish ng bad news. Nasaan ang news regarding the heroic act of a Filipina maid in Hong Kong? Sa pagprotekta ng kanyang alagang bata, siya ang nasagasaan ng bus sa HK. Tahimik ang Philippine media.rnrn
    Jun 22 2011 @ 02:17am     Reply  
  • bibbo
    @bibbornrnAlam mo ba definition ng sarcasm?. Understand?
    Jun 21 2011 @ 04:39pm     Reply  
  • i know it all
    Alam nyo yang divorce bill na yan...
    Jun 21 2011 @ 04:02pm     Reply  
  • vin
    Ok. I stand corrected. Anyhow, that's not my point.rnKahit ano pa mang form of separation yan, wala pa rin namang pakialam yung mga poorest of the poor.rnThey would rather find a job or food for their table than try to fix their marriage in a legal way. rnEven if it is cheaper than annulment, it will still cost something.
    Jun 21 2011 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • @vin
    For your info, divorce is way cheaper than Annulment. rnrnThis is actually very beneficial to the poor.rnrnNext time, get your facts right before posting ridiculous statements.rnrn
    Jun 21 2011 @ 01:30pm     Reply  
  • vin
    If ang RH bill is pro-poor, pro-rich naman ang divorce.rnrnSeriosuly, wala namang pakialam ang mga mahihirap dyan. Kung hindi na magkasundo, edi hiwalay na at wag na umuwi ng bahay at sumama na sa iba! Ganun lang yun....
    Jun 21 2011 @ 01:09pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      So what are you calling for - banning the rich from being so? Who's going to fund the churches if not the rich? Obviously the reason why the CBCP exists is to ensure each and every Filipino is poor - so that they will always remain obedient to the teachings of their dogma
      Jul 02 2012 @ 01:35pm     Reply  
  • @bibbo
    Hindi lahat ng Pinoy couples na gustong mag divorce can afford magpuntang Las Vegas! ano ka ba? it's still a question of economics.Yung sinasabi mo pang showbiz lang iyan at pang alta sosyedad, pero yung pang masa dapat mi divorce din dito na affordable lang sa kanila.Understand?
    Jun 21 2011 @ 12:34pm     Reply  
  • bibbo
    What the heck is this hullabaloo about divorce. So what di ba, unique tayo. rnrnIf you want to make sure about your marriage, do what the artistas are doing. They get married at a country with divorce. If it doesn't work out then they're safe. Plain and simple. rnrnWhat they also do after they get married legally in a different country, they get married here on the church. (Pakitang tao). Why they do that? Kasi pwedeng naman maanul naman yung kasal nila sa Vatican. Are you not following ogie and michelle and now regine? :-)rnrnIn conclusion, divorce is only for the poor. Since wala naman boses and mga poor. Then divorce will not happen.
    Jun 21 2011 @ 12:10pm     Reply  
  • jepong
    basta kalokohan... pinoy pang world class!!! rnrnpero kudos na rin sa atin kasi we value the true meaning of "family" kahit nagpapantayan na mag- asawa at nakatira pa rin tayo sa parents natin kahit matatanda na.
    Jun 21 2011 @ 10:21am     Reply  
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