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Divorce bill proponents acknowledge steep going

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MANILA, Philippines — While buoyed by the Pulse Asia survey results showing 60 percent of the Filipinos supportive of divorce for so-called “irreconcilably separated couples,” proponents of the divorce bill at the House of Representatives acknowledged the difficulty of passing a law on the issue.
“There’s still this stigma attached to the issue. When some people hear the word divorce, it’s like the end of the world,” Gabriela partylist Representative Emmi de Jesus said in a phone interview.
Fellow Gabriela partylist Representative Luz Ilagan said the survey validated the basis for driving the passage of the bill.
“However, committee debates can facilitate the awareness raising and campaign for support among legislators,” Ilagan added.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that, while he supports the bill, he said, “I don’t see it advancing very much because of lack of time.”
In a separate news conference, Valenzuela Representative Magtanggol Gunigundo said surveys could not be the basis for crafting state policies.
“The Constitution mandates that the state should preserve and protect the family, so if there is going to be any divorce in the land, then we have to probably revise and amend a particular provision in the Constitution,” Gunigundo said.
Ilagan and De Jesus pushed anew for the passage of their House Bill 4408 or the divorce bill “to provide Filipino women of all religious beliefs equal access to legal relief for troubled marriages.”
The bill filed by Gabriela proposed five grounds for the filing of a petition for divorce:

Petitioner has been separated de facto (in fact) from his or her spouse for at least five years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable.
Petitioner has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable.
When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations.
Any of the grounds for legal separation that has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
The Family Code of the Philippines prescribes three options for couples who can no longer make their marriage work, namely: Declaration of Nullity, under Article 36, Annulment under Article 45, and Legal Separation under Article 55.

Divorce bill proponents acknowledge steep going
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