Alvarez defies Catholic church, files ‘divorce’ law

Alvarez defies Catholic church, files ‘divorce’ law

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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez today said his proposal for a law on dissolution of marriage will help strengthen the bond between spouses and is consistent with the constitutional mandate to protect the family as a basic social institution.

“Itong batas na ito ay magpapatibay ng pag-preserba mo ng pamilya. Bakit po? Kasi kapag nagpakasal kayo, both parties will now be obliged to make the other party happy. Kasi kapag hindi hindi po niya ginawa yung tungkulin niya bilang asawa, bilang kabiyak, ay yung asawa niya, kung hindi na masaya, ay mayroong karapatan para mag-file ng dissolution of marriage,” Alvarez said in a radio interview.

Alvarez noted that under his proposal unhappiness of either party over the marital union would be recognized as a ground for the dissolution of marriage.

“Sa ngayon po ang nangyayari kampante tayo na kapag nagpakasal na, kung ano-ano na lang ang ginagawa: hindi umuuwi sa bahay, nakikipag-inuman, hindi nagtatrabaho, pinagtatrabaho yung isang spouse lang,” Alvarez pointed out.

He also cited complaints of many female Overseas Filipino Workers that while they were trying to earn abroad to send money to their family, their husband took on another partner.

“Kaya ko lang naman po talaga itong tinutulak dahil gusto ko pong i-address yung mga hinaing po ng karamihan. Ang dami po na mga married couples na hindi na po talaga nagkakasundo. Gusto nilang tapusin yung kanilang pagsasama.”

Alvarez said the state should make it easier to separate couples whose marriages are on the rocks and whose relationships are already irreconcilable. “Kaya para sa akin po, bakit pahirapan natin yung tao, puwede naman pong kapag nagkasundo na tayo na maghiwalay, then let us file a joint petition sa korte po for the dissolution of our marriage.”

Alvarez also clarified that he does not stand to benefit from his proposed law for dissolution of marriage.

“Ang dissolution of marriage po, iyan ay fi-nile ko, hindi po para sa sarili ko, dahil hindi ko po iyan kailangan, dahil ako po ay miyembro ng isang tribe sa Mindanao kung saan po puwede po sa amin yung multiple marriages. At yung naggo-govern po na batas sa amin ay yung kultura po ng tribo.”




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