My
stand

I am

allowing divorce in the country.
A predominantly Catholic country, the Philippines is the only state in the world other than the Vatican that has yet to legalize the practice. In a March 2011 survey, half of the Filipino population favors the measure, a seven-percent increase from results in 2005, according to the pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).

  • SAMSON ALCANTARA

     AGAINST 
    Meron na tayong batas diyan, ‘yung family code, where the annulment of marriage is allowed, for example because of psychological incapacity. That’s equivalent to divorce. Kaya kasi mahirap ‘yan dito sa Pilipinas, if we allow that, anong mangyayari sa atin? Isang Pilipina, diborsiyada five times? Parang ‘di yata maganda ‘yon. At saka that will affect the family, especially the children.
  • SONNY ANGARA

     AGAINST 
  • BAM AQUINO

     AGAINST 
    No, but we can talk about abuse.
  • GRECO BELGICA

     AGAINST 
    No, may annulment na.
  • NANCY BINAY

     AGAINST 
    I am not for divorce, I believe that government should strengthen the family, not break it up.
  • TEDDY CASIÑO

     NO STAND 
    I think it's something that we should already start discussing. We have to address the reality that there are really couples who cannot live together. Kailangang pag-usapan na, but I think it will undergo a long, long process of discernment and I do not see in the near future na ito ay magiging realistic pa.
  • ALAN PETER CAYETANO

     AGAINST 
    I think tama na ang annulment, ‘yung psychological incapacity, palakasin na lang.
  • TINGTING COJUANGCO

     AGAINST 
  • LITO DAVID

     AGAINST 
    Pinapadali mo 'yung paghihiwalay ng mga mag-asawa eh. Hindi naman 'yun ang sagot sa problema ng pamilya.
  • JC DELOS REYES

     AGAINST 
    We are not for it. It will destroy the family. There is a big difference between annulment and divorce in the sense that divorce is killing the marriage, (while) annulment is giving it hope.
  • JV EJERCITO ESTRADA

     NO STAND 
    That has to be studied further since it is another controversial measure. I think it will polarize our people.
  • JACK ENRILE

     FOR 
    Let's start the discussion now. I would venture to guess that a lot of couples are living together now without the benefits of a formal marriage, and the reason for that is that it is very difficult to get an annulment and there is no divorce in this country.
  • CHIZ ESCUDERO

     AGAINST 
    Hindi ako pabor dahil sa tingin ko hindi napapanahon. Mas gusto ko gawing affordable at accesible ang annulment. Halimbawa, hindi na nga kailangan ng batas, payagan o iauthorize ang PAO na maghandle ng annulment cases, magbigay ng mga psychologist ang DOH o ang DSWD para libreng makapagbigay ng expert opinion kaugnay sa mga kasong tulad niyan.
  • BAL FALCONE

     AGAINST 
    I've been married for more than two decades, hindi maiiwasan 'yung minsan magkakatampuhan, but given a romantic setting, maayos rin 'yun. Give chance to reconciliation... there is no need to divorce.
  • DICK GORDON

     FOR 
    Yes, [dahil] mayroong mga marriages na talagang wala nang magagawa, makakasakit pa sa pamilya. Pero hindi ko gagawing madaling-madali na nagso-snore lang ‘yung lalaki o babae, ‘Mag-divorce na tayo.’ Ang pamilya pa rin ang haligi ng ating lipunan. ‘Pag pinahina mo ‘yan, walang kuwenta na ang bayan.
  • ED HAGEDORN

     FOR 
    Ah, 'yan talaga. Kapag kasi 'di na magkasundo, bakit pa magsasama? Sabi nila annulment na lang. For me, annulment and divorce are the same, pareho lang 'yan. Saka karamihan na naman ng bansa meron nang divorce so bakit tayo naiiba?
  • GRINGO HONASAN

     AGAINST 
    To me, the Filipino family and the institution of marriage are sacred to me. Any intervention in that regard to me is not only immoral but criminal, I don't know if the time will come. I hope I'm dead at the time that we can look at this more liberally, but until other institutions are repaired, damaged institutions and there are many of them, are repaired and made stronger, I think we have to be more imaginative and creative about our approach to long-term policy making.
  • RISA HONTIVEROS

     FOR 
    Dapat na itong pag-usapan. Hindi na acceptable ang status quo. Maraming pamilya ang nakakaranas ng mga problema tulad ng marital rape at wife battery.
  • LOREN LEGARDA

     AGAINST 
    I believe in civil annulment and what we should do is expand and broaden the base of civil annulment and make it more accesible to the poor women who are trapped in abusive marriages. Annulment should be inexpensive even free for victims of abusive relationships.
  • MARWIL LLASOS

     AGAINST 
  • ERNIE MACEDA

     AGAINST 
  • JAMBY MADRIGAL

     AGAINST 
    If annulment is easily attainable by the poor then divorce will be redundant.
  • MITOS MAGSAYSAY

     AGAINST 
  • JUN MAGSAYSAY

     AGAINST 
    I'm against it at this stage. We'd like to revisit it in five years' time or maybe later. But what is important now is to make civil annulment accessible to our population.
  • MON MONTAÑO

     AGAINST 
    We have to look at our culture as Catholics.
  • RICARDO PENSON

     FOR 
    This should be discussed. I will support this after proper education. Individuals should be given seminars on their responsibilities kapag nag-asawa.
  • KOKO PIMENTEL

     NO STAND 
    I used to be rabidly against divorce, but because of a personal experience, I am now more open or I will maintain an open mind to the issue. But I will not be a proponent of divorce. I will have an open mind and will listen to the proponents but the proponents must explain in detail what they have in mind because if what they have in mind is the American-style divorce all the way up to what they call no-contest divorce, ang ibig sabihin no'n we will divorce because we decided to divorce. I mean that's too much.
  • GRACE POE

     NO STAND 
    I welcome the move by some sectors to push for the divorce bill. But before talking about divorce, there are other family-related issues that should simultaneously be discussed. Why push for divorce if we can still introduce amendments to what we have right now on marriage? Our current Family Code today implies that marriage has both unitive and procreative worth. The provisions on declaration of nullity, annulment and legal separation were included there to highlight that our Philippine laws are oriented toward strengthening marriage rather than its dissolution.
  • CHRISTIAN SEÑERES

     AGAINST 
    Meron nang annulment. Divorce is a fault-free dissolution of marriage, kahit walang dahilan — may nakilala siyang mas mayaman, mas bata, o nagkasawaan na sila. Anong mangyayari sa institution of marriage? Magiging cheap.
  • ANTONIO TRILLANES IV

     AGAINST 
    I am not for it because it is a policy option that would worsen the dire social dysfunctions that we have now.
  • BRO. EDDIE VILLANUEVA

     AGAINST 
    Sabi ng Good Book, God hates divorce. However, there are some exceptions. Halimbawa, kung ang asawa ay nagkasala ng infidelity o domestic violence, 'yun ang mga exceptional cases na pinapayagan ng bible ang divorce. Pero generally, God hates divorce, sapagkat ang family ay dapat proteksyunan, ang kinabukasan ng mga bata ang number one, hindi ang kinabukasan ng mga magulang. Iyong kinabukasan ng mga bata ang priority sa akin.
  • CYNTHIA VILLAR

     AGAINST 
    I don't think there is a need for a divorce bill... Meron naman tayong provision sa Family Code na annulment. Sabi nga ni Sen. Escudero, gawin na lang affordable ang annulment for the ordinary people para maka-annul din (sila), at gawin ding easy for magse-separate na makakuha ng support from the spouse 'yung mga pamilyang naiiwanan.
  • MIGZ ZUBIRI

     AGAINST 
    I am against divorce. Again, going back to my religious belief — I am a Marian devotee, I’m a family man. I believe that the family is the most important unit of the country, of society as a whole... With the absence of the divorce bill, more families will work out their relationships. Talagang gagawin nila ang lahat para ‘di mawasak ang pamilya.
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