Sen. Hontiveros refiles her absolute divorce bill

Sen. Hontiveros refiles her absolute divorce bill




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Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros has refiled her pet “Absolute Divorce bill” which will allow absolute divorce in the Philippines, a measure that has been since time and memorial faced a strong opposition from the Catholic Church.

Hontiveros in her explanatory note of the bill, noted that its only the Vatican and the Philippines in the whole planet where divorce is still illegal.

Opposition Senator Rissa Hontiveros (photo credit to owner)

"Despite this, the number and proportion of Filipinos who are separate has been increasing over time — demonstrating that the denial of legal remedies to those seeking to dissolve their union has largely been an ineffective way of upholding the policy of the State to keep families together,” Hontiveros said in her explanatory note.
She says that it has been well documented that the absence of a divorce law "has had disproportionate effects on women who are more often the victims of abuse within marriages.”
Under the proposed bill, physical violence and "grossly abusive conduct" are considered grounds for divorce.

Divorce may also be filed when the spouses are legally separated by judicial decree for at least two years or when they have been separated “in fact” for at least five years and reconciliation is highly improbable.

Still recognizes the sanctity of family life

The Lady senator told reporters that during the 17th congress her bill slept at the committee level, and she says that while the State continues to recognize the sanctity of family life ,“it is also duty bound to promote and protect the well-being of its citizens.”

“It is a duty that should extend to circumstances whereby this well-being is being compromised by the inability to break free from irremediably broken marriages and start anew in healthier family and living arrangements,” she said.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte already said he will not support the bill because his daughter Davao city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio “is not happy with it.”





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