Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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Divorce Advocacy

Some members of a women's rights advocacy group paid me a visit at the office this evening to get my views on divorce in the Philippines. They discovered I have blogged about the topic in the past.

This group has two seats in Congress and they already filed a divorce bill which has not reached the committee level.

I have to admit, the bill they espoused was very good. They knew the sensitivities of this country and the huge influence the Catholic Church still has and its stand against it.

I would not want to go into the details of this bill because I have not really studied it. I can only say what I said above about it.

I gave some observations on it at first impression. I think I gave valid ones. I hope they think I did, too.

So now they have been invited to their advocacy network to push for "divorce" in this country. But mind you, this is not the typical form of divorce. This is a different form altogether. They even call it "Pinoy-style" Divorce.

You can't even call it divorce.

My beliefs about it? Personally, I think there has to be a way to end a marriage that cannot be saved. But I also think marriage cannot simply be terminated by the mere will of the parties. Marriage is a special contract and it the foundation of the family, and hence, the foundation of society. So terminating it should not be easy as changing one's mind about it.

Anyway, I have a lot of things to digest about this topic. Let me rest first.

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