The Provincial Board has passed a resolution opposing the passage of Senate Bills 288 and 345 instituting “absolute divorce and the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines”.
Board Member Maria Angela Sabando said in an interview Tuesday that the law should protect the solidarity of the Filipino family.
“Hindi po talaga kami pabor sa divorce, isa pa napakaraming batas ng Pilipinas protecting the family, we also already have legal separation and annulment, so why they are pushing divorce, ‘di ba? Kapag sinabi mo kasi na divorce ‘yong pagkatali ninyo noong kinasal kayo ay pinuputol, wala ng chance for reconciliation, walang ng chance to recommunicate. Kaya kung batas natin ngayon that protects family, ‘yong family ay dapat panindigan natin,” she said.
Sabando said the province only wants to protect the children in passing the resolution that opposes the bills.
She said their move also wants to contribute to ensuring that the personal growth of children will not be affected.
“Kung divorce ay putol kaagad ang tali between husband and wife, kanino ang epekto non? Sa mga bata, at kapag nag-asawa ng iba ang nanay at nag-asawa ang tatay ay doon na pwede pumasok ang issues ng mga anak pwedeng madepress sila kasi hindi nila alam kung saan sila pupunta. I strongly disagreed talaga sa divorce, hindi maayos na mamo-mold ang bata kapag hindi buo ang family,” Sabando said.
Previously, Senator Risa Hontiveros who is also an author of the proposed bill said that contrary to the claim of groups opposed to it, the controversial divorce bill is “pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-children.”
Hontiveros said that it protects children from abuse and rebuilds broken families.
“They, together with their children, deserve all the chances available in this world to build nurturing families and find true and meaningful relationships. The divorce bill is pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-children. It makes us respect marriage more by being more discerning with our choices in life. It protects children from abuse and rebuilds broken families,” she added.
Hontiveros and Peter Cayetano filed the bills seeking for the legal termination of marriages by Philippine courts.
Cayetano had filed two other bills seeking the recognition of divorce in the Philippine civil registry if done outside the country, as well as the recognition of the civil effects of Church annulment.
In addition, other resolution requesting the sangguniang bayan to pass a resolution opposing senate bill.
Meanwhile, three congressmen will also be provided a copy of the resolution to enable them to study it and make necessary measures.