- Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continued to push the civil union bill to protect the rights of all individuals
- Alvarez stressed the bill would also prevent the cases of “marriages of convenience”
- The house speaker also revealed his willingness to marry his girlfriend despite his “married status”
Last year, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez made headlines when he proposed a bill to legalize “civil unions.”
Despite the oppositions, Alvarez continued to push the bill to protect the rights of all individuals.
From what KAMI learned, Alvarez shed some light on the advantages of the proposed civil union bill. The 59-year-old congressman stressed that the bill is not only intended for LGBTQ couples.
During an interview with veteran journalist Karen Davila on her ANC program, “Headstart,” Alvarez explained that the bill would also protect the “ugly and rich” people who stay married because of money.
“Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property… karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo,” Alvarez told Davila on Wednesday.
Alvarez added that the bill would also prevent “marriages of convenience,” saying the Congress needed to protect the “ugly and rich” people, Rappler noted.
“So binago natin yung default provision [absolute community of property], complete separation of property kapag walang marriage settlement. Ito, to avoid marriages of convenience," he added.
In fact, the politician pointed out that there are many cases and couples often end up separating, GMA News reported.
“Hindi ba? Ang daming ganoon, tapos maghihiwalay lang pala,” he continued. “Lalo ngayon, digital na, may mga telescope na kapag gumanon ka, nagko-compute na kaagad kung magkano yung net worth.”
Apart from the civil union bill, Alvarez also wanted a bill to introduce the “dissolution of marriage” in the Philippines. As per Alvarez, the process of annulment should be “administrative” instead of judicial.
He also shared his thoughts on spousal support and the income of women. In today’s generation, Alvarez said that women tend to have more money than their spouses.
But when Davila pointed out that it is the man’s responsibility to support the family especially the children, Alvarez responded with “gender equality.”
Alvarez explained that fathers will still be required to provide financial support but only for the kids, and not for the benefit of their former spouses’ lifestyles.
Due to Alvarez’s determination and eagerness to push the said bills, many are wondering if the proposed legislations are for his advantage. The speaker, however, clarified that it is not for him.
He even admitted that he is allowed to enter multiple marriages because he is a member of the Manobo tribe in Mindanao, as per ABS-CBN News.
When asked about his plans with current girlfriend and PDP-Laban Cares member Jennifer Maliwanag, Alvarez could not help but express his willingness to marry her in spite of his “married” status.
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