Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said in a statement that their party-list group is "disappointed" with Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s "no-no" statement on divorce in the Philippines, reports Inquirer.net. She said the divorce bill they re-filed this month, House Bill No. 1799, is different from the Las Vegas quickie divorce that Aquino said he "definitely cannot support." She said, "If he has read and studied the bill, he would not compare it to a Las Vegas divorce model."
Ilagan said in the Inquirer.net report, "HB 1799 is divorce, Pinoy-style... It will not allow couples to get married today and get divorced tomorrow." GMANews.tv listed the bill’s proposed grounds for filing a petition for divorce:
"1. (The) petitioner has been separated de facto (in fact) from his or her spouse for at least five years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable;
2. (The) petitioner has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable;
3. When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage;
4. When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations; and
5. Any of the grounds for legal separation that has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage."
Inquirer.net reports that Ilagan and fellow Gabriela Rep. Emerenciana de Jesus, who both filed the divorce bill, said in its explanatory note, "For women in abusive marital relationships, the need for a divorce law is real. It is high time that we give Filipino couples, especially the women, this option." The Philippines and Malta are the only countries in the world that do not legalize divorce.
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The president was also quoted as saying that legally separated couples should be allowed to remarry after their irreconcilable differences have been determined through "very stringent" standards. To this, Inquirer.net reports that Ilagan said, "marrying another, after being legally separated, is tantamount to bigamy and adultery (under the Family Code)."