#ShortNews: Amid strong Church opposition, Philippine government pushes to legalize divorce by Easter

The Government of the Philippines led by President Rodrigo Duterte intends to approve the bill of divorce in Parliament before Easter. The bill has the title “Act on the divorce and dissolution of marriage” and would complement the proposals presented in past months by several legislators in the lower House.The law aims to provide couples in crisis with a legal way to end marriage.

As Fides learns, parlamentarians Edcel Lagman, vice-president Pia Cayetano and Emmie de Jesus are among the supporters of the law and are pushing to promote the approval of the legislation. “Marriage, even if it is proclaimed by the Church as an inviolable institution can in some cases come to an end due to human weakness”, said Lagman. “Some marriages are already irreparably shattered, even if the state strives to protect and preserve marriage”, he said. According to a recent survey, 53% of respondents support a law that legalizes divorce, while 32% say they are against and 15% still undecided.

Read More: http://www.fides.org/en/news/63895-ASIA_PHILIPPINES_The_Filipino_government_divorce_law_before_Easter

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