House Bill No. 1799: An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines

My husband and I signed the following position paper.

How about you? What’s your stand on this?

Let me hear from you.

We vehemently express our position against House Bill No. 1799, An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines.

We disagree with Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus who emphasized that legalizing divorce would give “married couples in irreparable marriages another legal remedy that they can resort to in addition to the country’s existing laws on legal separation and annulment.”

We believe that the refiled bill to legalize divorce in the Philippines is not the solution.

We agree with Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez, who said, “That is like giving a married couple a weapon of mass destruction that they can use against each other even for petty, solvable marital problems.”

We agree with Buhay Party-List Rep. Erwin Tieng, who said his group was against divorce because it was tantamount to giving troubled marriages an “exit clause from a very important union.”

We believe that divorce is unnatural and immoral as it brings forth disorder in the family and society. Because of its contagious effect in society, a divorce invites another divorce.

We believe that sanctity of marriage must be protected. Honoring and upholding the marriage vows brings honor and glory to God. Just as the Bible teaches us to enter into marriage carefully and reverently, divorce is to be avoided at all costs.

In view thereof, we, the leaders and members of Dadiangas Baptist Church, have affixed our signatures as a manifestation of our strong opposition to House Bill No. 1799.

September 5, 2010. General Santos City.

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10 thoughts on “House Bill No. 1799: An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines

  1. vanvan says:

    and i signed this position paper as well =)

  2. Mimi says:

    Divorce is allowed in Islam but prophet Muhammad stated that although God allows it, “the most detestable of all things permitted is divorce.”

    http://www.womeninislam.ws/en/misconceptions_power-to-divorce.aspx

  3. Jessejino says:

    Whoa! is this really happening in the Philippines? Gheez, had I not bump into your blog I would not have been aware of this! This is awful. I voted NO even though I’m outside of the country. What are the Evangelicals doing about this? What is the President take on this?

    BTW. Thanks for your blog. I hope that our opposition for this bill will make a strong impact to influence the Congress to vote against this bill.

    Regards na lang sa tanan,

    JJ:>)

  4. Robert says:

    The law preventing divorce does not prevent marriage break ups it prevents remarriage. My girlfriend was married to a man who beat her, she left him over 3 years ago and now I would very much like to marry her and make her my wife but I cannot! There are hundreds of thousands in the same position, why are we not allowed to marry?

  5. Jessejino says:

    Respect to the holy matrimony ensures sanctity of marriage intact.

    This’ll make people think twice or at least consider taking necessary steps to ensure that they are indeed ready to commit forever before deciding to get married (Las Vegas Style).

    Marriage requires a very strong commitment affirming the oath “till death do us part” which is reference in the Bible Matthew 19:6 (New International Version, ©2011)

    6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

    There’s a wise old saying that marriage is not like eating something…when you put it in your mouth, just spit it out when you realize that it is hot.

    Marriage requires a lot of serious decisions to make because it is a lifetime commitment. It involves children. I was a product of a broken home. My youth was nearly destroyed because of my parent’s decision to split.

    What our country needs is reinforcing effective moral recovery program incorporated in our academics. Reinforce our moral values at younger age.

    Not Divorce Bill.

    JJ:>)

  6. joe says:

    People are not 100% perfect in daily lifes decisions, including marriage. God was not at the alter marrying the two individuals who made decision to get married, it was representative of a church.

    To compare a marriage to eating something Hot borders on stupidity, to force two people to stay together nolonger able to reconcile their marriage is immoral to continue the force suffering of married adults and their children to live in an unhappy relationship. God did not sanction, for his
    children to live in an unloving environment.

    Philipines government not to allow Divorce is unhuman. Philippines needs to join rest of world society and allow a Divorce of unhappy couples. It is children and women who suffer in a unhappy home.

  7. Anonnimous says:

    Yea lets keep this already outdated country in the the 18th century. While the church has still voice to control the Philippines, this country will still be a shadow on the rest of the world. But who cares right? There is lechon after every wedding. The whole world is in sin but the Philippines. Everybody is wrong just we are right and this might be the only chance of many filipinas to say that they have money to afford a wedding, even if they don’t.
    Don’t take me wrong. I love this country. But with the Human Rights violations that I see here, including no separated cells for males and females, no rights for a Official ID, no rights for medical assistance when you don’t have money (unless you ask that big favor for your preferred congressman, that one who gave you a gift for you to vote him on the last election, remember?) stay married in a failed marriage is just as sad for an already over self-explored country. But remember… there’s free food after it…

  8. jethromamon says:

    with all due your respect ma’am maybe u wanna hear my my side…. just check my blog. 🙂 btw i’m pro-divorce bill…. more power.! >>>>>>> http://josephmamon08.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/divorcebill/

  9. MARRIAGE IS SACRED ………SO I’M ANTI-DIVORCE BILL,

    Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

    matthew 19:8

  10. MARRIAGE IS SACRED ………SO I’M ANTI-DIVORCE BILL,

    Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

    matthew 19:8 …

    love god above all

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