Gabriela refiles divorce bill for the 5th time in a row

Gabriela refiles divorce bill for the 5th time in a row

- For the 5th time since the 13th Congress, Gabriela Women’s Party refiled the divorce bill on Wednesday

- Gabriela Representative Emmi de Jesus cited a survey result saying 3 out of 5 Filipinos are in favor of divorce

- Previous representatives of Gabriela filed versions of the bill but has only undergone one committee hearing

Gabriela Women’s Party refiled for the fifth time, on Wednesday, the bill which seeks to institutionalize divorce in the Philippines.

House Bill Number 2380, which was refiled by Gabriela Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, aims to include divorce provisions in the Family Code of the Philippines.

Previous party-list organization representatives have first passed versions of the bill back in the 13 Congress, but it has gone only through one committee hearing.

Gabriela refiles divorce bill for the 5th time in a row

Gabriela Women’s Party representatives (Photo from rappler.com)

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De Jesus said: “It is high time that the state give couples in abusive and irreparable marriages the option to divorce. We hope that this time, both Houses of Congress will finally approve the divorce bill,”

Brosas is hoping that the bill will the passed in the present congress, citing a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations survey in 2014, where 3 out of every 5 Filipinos or at least 60 percent are favoring the legislation of divorce.

The Standard poll, which was released in June 2015, showed contrasting results, where 2 out of 3 Filipinos or 67 percent are not in favor of divorce.

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The following conditions should be met in order to pass HB Number 2380:

* Petitioner has been separated de facto for at least 5 years from his or her spouse at the time the petition was filed and if reconciliation is “highly improbable”

* Petitioner has been separated legally for two years from his or her spouse at the time of filing, and if reconciliation is “highly improbable”

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* When any of the legal separation’s accepted grounds has caused the marriage’s “irreparable breakdown”

* When both or one of the spouses are psychologically incapacitated in complying with the essential marital obligations

* When the spouses suffer from differences that are irreconcilable and if it has caused the marriage’s “irreparable breakdown”

The Catholic Church has been opposing the passage of the bill, which leaves the Philippines the only country in the world that does not institutionalize divorce. - Kami Media

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