Padilla says divorce bill seeks to protect, not destroy family

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MANILA — As there are couples with irreconcilable differences, Senator Robin Padilla has filed a divorce bill which he asserts is intended to protect the family, not destroy it.

“My bill is never meant to destroy marriages. We would never object to marriages that last forever. In fact, my bill aims to protect the marriage – including the woman, the man, and their children,” Padilla said in Filipino on Facebook Live with his legal staff yesterday.

“There are those who claim this bill seeks to destroy marriage. That is not true! This bill aims to protect the parties in a marriage that is sadly doomed,” he added.

The senator noted that his bill is not intended to destroy the family, but rather to protect it if the marriage is doomed by irreconcilable differences.

He emphasized that, aside from Vatican City, the Philippines is the only country in the world that does not recognize divorce; yet, a 2017 Social Weather Stations (SWS) study found that 53 percent of Filipinos support divorce for couples who have irreconcilable differences.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.

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