Chiz Escudero opposes divorce, says guilty spouse should not be allowed to remarry

( In an interview after the Independence Day rites in Bacolod, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero has said he is against legalizing divorce in the country, reports ABS-CBN News.  Escudero, instead, suggested to improve the available annulment process.

"Para sa akin, importanteng gawing mas accessible at gawing mas affordable ang annulment (For me, it’s more important to make annulment more accessible and affordable)," Escudero said, adding that only well-to-do citizens can afford it. "Ang mahihirap, naghihiwalay na lamang at nagli-live-in (The poor just separate and live in domestic partnerships)."

According to the report, Escudero also said that should lawmakers push for a divorce law, the measure should identify who the guilty spouse is, and disallow that person from marrying again.

"Ang nais nilang ground pag nanggugulpi ka daw, kung lasenggo ka at kung adik, pwedeng mag-divorce. Ang problema sa divorce, pwedeng mag-asawa pareho. So yung dating nanggugulpi, iba naman gugulpihin. Yung dating lasenggo, iba naman yung kasama niya habang lasing siya... (The grounds for divorce are violence, alcoholism and addiction. The problem with divorce is that it allows both parties to marry again. When the guilty parties remarry, the violent would still be violent, and the drunk would still be a drunk..)" Escudero said.

In a separate report by Philippine Star, columnist Ricky Lo wrote last April that Escudero and his wife, Christine Flores, have separated after 10 years of marriage. According to the report, Escudero neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News and the Philippine Star.

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