The bill seeking to legalize divorce in the country has once again been filed by the Gabriela party-list at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
According to Gabriela party-list representatives Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas, divorce should be an option for couples, especially when women are physically abused by their spouse.
“Ang isang kasal o pagsasama ay sagrado kung walang karahasan at pang-aabuso at nananatili ang respeto at pagmamahal.” De Jesus told GMA News.
She added that the sanctity of marriage is not based on the number of marriages existing, but on the quality of marital relationships.
Under House Bill 2380 or “An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines,” a couple may enter into a divorce if at least one of the following five conditions are met:
-The petitioner has been separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least five years at the time of the filing and reconciliation is highly improbable;
-The petitioner has been legally separated from the spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing and reconciliation is highly improbable;
-When any of the grounds for legal separation has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage;
-When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations;
-When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
Moreover, Brosas said that results of a 2015 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows at least three of five Filipinos are in favor of divorce despite being in a predominant Catholic country, the Inquirer reported.
“This shows only not just the public pulse but the de facto need for the option of divorce to be given,” she said.
This is the fifth time Gabriela filed a divorce bill in Congress.