One of the most senior politicians in the Philippines has expressed support for a draft bill which would amend the country’s family code to allow divorce.
Speaking to reporters at a lunch earlier this week, Congress speaker Feliciano Belmonte said:
“Me, I’m in favour of the divorce bill.”
Although consideration of the divorce bill would be delayed by campaigning for next year’s midterm elections, Belmonte said he thought the bill could still be introduced in the next congressional term.
The draft bill was introduced by Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana de Jesus, two members of the Filipino House of Representatives. In an explanatory note, the pair said:
“Reality tells us that there are many failed, unhappy marriages across all Filipino classes. Many couples, especially from the marginalized sectors who have no access to the courts, simply end up separating without the benefit of legal processes.”
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