- Senator Risa Hontiveros defended the Divorce Bill anew
- She said “walang pilitan sa diborsyo” but asks that those suffering in failed marriages be given a second chance
- Hontiveros recently re-filed the controversial bill after it failed to pass the 17th Congress
Senator Risa Hontiveros defended the Divorce bill after re-filing it last July.
The Divorce Bill has been in the center of debate among Filipinos as it seeks the legal dissolution of a marriage.
Hontiveros’ version of the Divorce Bill wants to consider “p
sychologic al incapacity of either spouse,” irreconcilable marital diff erences,” m arital r ap e, or being “separated for at least five years” as possible grounds for divorce, among others.
According to the senator, she respects people who choose to marry and believes in marriage but she also wants to support those who are tr
app ed in failed relationships. In a series of tweets, Hontiveros defends the divorce anew. She clarified “walang pilitan sa diborsyo” but hopes a second chance be given to others.
Hontiveros tweeted, “Don’t want divorce? Then don’t get one! But let others have a second chance in life.”
She also explained why the statement “Divorce will h
arm the institution of marriage” is wrong.
Hontiveros said, “Marriage should be more than just what‘s on paper. It should be a setting where love, commitment, taking care of each other & growth are present. Let’s deepen our understanding of marriage: a home where there is love.
Hontiveros cited that the annulment process is so lengthy and expensive.
She also described that the process of establishing the “p
sychologic al incapacity” before marriage is inh um an e. She explained, “Kailangan patunayan ang p sychologic al incapacity ng asawa, kaya pilit naglalabasan ng b ah0. Imagine: you’re forced to build a case against your partner, the father or mother of your kids. It’s inh um an e to subject people to such.”
Hontiveros believes divorce will allow couples tr
app ed in failed marriages to have a “clean br eak” instead of the p ain ful and costly annulment.