Sen. Grace Poe is supportive of an easy annulment process for battered wives.
Poe, an independent presidential candidate in next year’s elections, made the stance in a Migrant’s Forum held at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
“We really need to fix our laws and make the annulment accessible to the poor…make it speedy and affordable to those wives who have been victimized by abusive husbands. As it is, there are wives who just endure everything until they are dead. We have to amend our laws to specifically state that annulment will be speedy if it involves domestic violence,” Poe said.
Poe was responding to a query from Migrante-International Japan raising a concern about the rising number of Filipino women who have abusive husbands but could not get out of the marriage because they are not financially capable of raising the child on their own.
“The status quo is injustice. It is just not a matter being able to separate from an abusive partner. There are those who get separated, yes, but the father fails to provide child support,” Poe pointed out.
“The obligation of any parent does not end once the marriage ended,” Poe added.
Two of Poe’s Senate bets, House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, have a pending measure amending the Family Code by including physical and sexual violence as a ground for annulment.
“That is why we have enlisted these people in our lineup to be able to fight for these causes,” Poe said.