Gambling and narcissism now stronger grounds for annulment?
This new Supreme Court ruling seems to say so
(SPOT.ph) On March 9, Ina Reformina reported for ABS-CBN that the Supreme Court has reversed a September 2011 ruling upholding the marriage of two individuals torn apart by gambling. In a 25-page decision, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin stated that the high court had been "rigid" in its application of Article 36 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, which lists psychological incapacity as grounds for annulment of marriage.
The reversed ruling had originally denied a petition for annulment filed by a man claiming that his wife "constantly played mahjong and displayed narcissistic behavior."
The Supreme Court also said they feared that the September 2011 decision might be used as a precedent that will allow "diagnosed sociopaths, schizophrenics, narcissists, among others, to stay married." This news gets even better as they also admitted that beyond concerns about preserving the sanctity of marriage, they’re more alarmed "by the rising number of cases involving marital abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and incestuous rape."
Fun fact: Did you know that the Philippines and the Vatican are the only countries in the world that ban divorce?