Congresswoman files bill requiring male foreigners to get "Certificates of Good Moral Character" before marrying Pinays
Great. What next?
Maricel Cruz of the Manila Standard Today reports that Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia has filed a bill requiring foreign nationals to first obtain a certificate of good moral character before they can marry a Filipina.
The report explained that "House Bill 2387... requires additional requirements for male citizens or subjects of a foreign country such as a certificate of good moral character to be issued by his diplomatic or consular official, before a marriage license can be obtained." Aside from this, foreign fiancés will also have to seek "a certificate that he has a gainful trade, business or employment," to complete their application for a marriage license.
Garcia said that the bill "is aimed at curbing exploitation of Filipino women, through mail-order or pen-pal, Facebook, website mail, and other Internet-coursed marriages."
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