• SWS SURVEY

    60% of Filipinos want divorce made legal

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    ABOUT three of five Filipinos, or 60 percent, want divorce to be legalized for “irreconcilably separated” couples, results of a survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed on Monday.

    The survey was conducted among 1,800 respondents from November 27 to December 1 last year.

    The poll showed that 60 percent of the 1,800 respondents agree that “married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again” while 29 percent disagreed.

    About 11 percent remain undecided Majority or 63 percent of the respondents are married, 21 percent are single and 16 percent are cohabiting with their live-in partners.

    “Support for divorce has always been ‘strong’ among those with live-in partners. Since May 2005, support for divorce has always been strong among those with live-in partners. On the other hand, it switched from neutral to strong among singles, and from neutral to moderate among marrieds,” the SWS said in a statement posted on its website.

    In the last survey conducted in March 2011, only 50 percent of the respondents favored the proposition.

    “In March 2011, the proposition elicited 50 percent agreement, which was a plurality since greater than the 33 percent disagreement. In May 2005, it elicited a split opinion of 43 percent agreement and 44 percent disagreement,” the SWS said.

    The Philippines and the Vatican are the only independent states in the world, which ban divorce.

    Reacting to the survey results, a priest acting as the spokesman of the local Catholic Church quoted a biblical passage in replying to a Times query.

    “WHAT therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder,” said Fr. Jeremo Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Permanent Committee on Public Affairs as quoting chapter 10:9 of the gospel according to St. Mark.

    “The official teaching of the Church is no to divorce because the sacramentality of marriage is a doctrine based on the teachings of Christ—that married is a lifetime commitment,” Secillano told The Manila Times.

    Secillano pointed out that the numbers were irrelevant or immaterial because nobody could change the teachings and stand of the Church on doctrinal matters.

    “The doctrine of the Church is the teachings of Christ. It is the truth, and nobody, even the Pope, no power can change it,” Secillano stressed.

    “The CBCP is clear that divorce is not allowed because the issue at stake is a valid marriage which is being made invalid. Nobody can make it invalid,” he further said.

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    1. What happens when an annulment case is granted and then its appealed by the courts and then the decision is overturned and RES JUDICATA is placed on the two individuals? Legal advise given was move abroad and change your citizenship then file for divorce and one party has to die…. annulment isnt a sane option.
      The annulment case puts the couple blaming and fighting each other like cock fighting roosters. Divorce doesn’t do this

    2. How will the CBCP deal with couples having irreconcilable differences for years already? Is it fair to the children watching their parents argue all the time while some even end up hurting and worse, kill one another?

      Come on, let us be realistic. This is not a perfect world nor any relationship between married couples will never be perfect! Give couples who want out of their relationships live new and happy lives and away from ‘hellish’ relationships.

    3. Jess Rodriguez on

      I agree that divorce should be approved and implemented by our gov’t. WHY? because married couple always have differences, and these leads to many chaos in life. And there is no perfect love relationships, compatibility of husband and wife is only at the beginning, but after sometime of years,hypocracy will emerged specially when it comes to trials in life.Only those who are only soft hearted couple can overcome,only those couples who are true lovers of GOD will survived.

    4. “WHAT therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder,”

      kaso e babae yung dahilan ng paghiwalay nila so pwede d b kasi di naman sya man e hehehehhe

    5. It’s about time. The Priest’ interpretation is twisted. No one wants to put asunder to 2 people joined by God. They both or one of them wants to get out of that marriage because it’s no longer working for them for some reasons such as the other party may have sinned against his/her partner.

    6. Mulat sa simula, ayaw nang Dios ang Divorsyo, Subalit si Mosses nagbigay nang certificate of divorse dahil sa katigasan nang ulo ng mga tao. kaya ako totol ako sa divorsyo.

    7. I cannot understand the reason behind the approval of annulment but the denial of divorce when the end result is just the same.

    8. apolonio reyes on

      Sa aking lang, hindi na kailangan ng Divorce Law. Anim sa Walong na nagging KASAMBAHAY naming sa mga nakaraan taon ay nagpa BUNTIS LANG at di KASAL. MARAMI SA MAHIHIRAP NGAYON AY NAGPAPA BUNTIS LANG GAYA NG KANILANG ILANG IDOL NA ARTISTA NA KAYANG BUMUHAY NG ANAK, AT DI GAYA NILA NA INIIWAN NA LANG SA MAGULANG SA PROBINSYA ANG ANAK. ITO MUNA ANG DAPAT ANG AYUSIN NG GOBIERNO AT SIMBAHAN BAGO DIVORCE. DI BA GABRIELA?

    9. It is an idea which time has come! This is more realistic than the
      Dissoution Marriage currently available and of itself, hypocritical. However, the rules and/or reasons for the divorce should be limited and appropriate on a case to case basis, taking into consideration the welfare of the children foremost. Divorce should be available to everyone, irrespective of status in life. Alimony should be a “must” for those who can afford.

    10. divorce for the average filipino is still illegal, however the wealthy filipinos just
      fly to las vegas and obtain their divorce decree.

      it has been this way since the 1960’s, a divorce law is taking away another piece of hypocrisy in the fabric of the filipino culture.

    11. Benny Canlas on

      Fr Secillano would say Gobyerno-Pilipinas does not have authority, only CBCP has authority to give permission to re-marry. Fr Secillano would say pay up and go through getting CBCP paperwork on annulment, then okey na to re-marry.