Sweetzel J. Mier
BSE-III Biological Science
No to Divorce Law
Apart from Vatican, Philippines is the last country in the world prohibiting divorce law after Malta, a predominantly catholic church, legalized divorce. Divorce bill was proposed by Gabriela Women’s Party representatives Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana de Jesus because they believe that it is the time that the country will move forward and help couples who can no longer live together. It proposes five grounds for the filing of a petition for divorce, which include psychological incapacity, causing one’s failure to comply with essential marital obligations and irreconcilable differences causing the irreparable breakdown of the marriage. Only couples who have been separated for five years and those already legally separated for two years are the only ones who may apply for divorce. Malta is set to legalize divorce, which makes the Philippines the only country in the world that bans divorce. Like Reproductive Health Bill, Divorce Bill is a very controversial and debatable issue. Philippines is known to be a Christian country because almost all in the population are Christians. Filipinos are best known for its modesty, humility, being conservative, having close family ties, religious and a lot more. These traits make us true Filipinos. We are bounded with culture and values. That’s our identity being a Filipino. We have our own identity and are needless to imitate other countries’ attributes because we are Filipinos and we are different from any of them. We are also in a democratic country. We have freedom. That’s why pro divorce law citizens are using this freedom to be set free from an unhappy marriage and to allow citizens of any country to form their own lives, hoping that this divorce may be granted when the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage. Freedom is something we all want. That’s true. But take note of the modifier...
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