Divorce in the Philippines.
(Updated 15 November 2018)
Why another article on Philippine divorce so soon?
Well, I can tell by the listing of search terms that show me how people find this site that a great many people are searching for news of what many think is a near-term “loosening” of the laws that prohibit divorce in the Philippines.
Perhaps even divorce itself is soon to be legalized … or at least some rumors say so.
Here’s Some Recent Philippine Divorce News.
The Philippines’ lower house of Congress has passed a divorce bill on the third reading, moving the country closer to legalisation.
The bill passed despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte, who had his own marriage legally annulled.
However, for divorce to become legal the Senate also has to pass a bill in favour, and even then Mr Duterte could still use his veto to strike it down.
Worldwide, divorce is only illegal in the Philippines and Vatican City.
Over 80% of people in the Philippines describe themselves as Catholic, and the church has a powerful influence in the country.
Congresswoman Emmi de Jesus said the bill was filed because of a “clamour of women trapped in abusive relationships”, who need the government to give them a means out of “irreparable marriages”…