Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Leni Robredo wants a speedy annulment process to aid battered wives.
Robredo on Thursday said Article 36 of the Family Code of the Philippines that cites only psychological incapacity as a ground for a marriage to be annulled is too restrictive, considering that psychological tests amount to around P100,000.
“The psychological incapacity requirement must be studied extensively. They are already poor and battered, and yet they are further burdened with expensive psychological tests. What would happen if they can’t afford the psychological tests?” she added.
“We can’t leave them shouldering such burden of being married to an abusive husband. Even if she gets a lawyer for free, the annulment case won’t prosper because she won’t be able to submit a psychological report,” Robredo, a lawyer, said.
The widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo used to lawyer pro bono for battered wives before becoming a representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur.
Robredo is also co-author of House Bill 2854, which seeks to include violence against spouses and their children as additional ground to annul marriage.
“I have seen a lot of battered wives who can’t get out of their marriage just because of this restrictive provision,” she said.
LLANESCA T. PANTI