Philippines’ lawmakers debating over divorce law

June 2nd, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Manila, June 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Lawmakers in the Philippines are passionately debating a new bill which will introduce divorce in the country. If the bill is passed, couples in the country can legally end their marriage and it will make the Vatican City the only place on earth where divorce is prohibited.

The bill is currently before a congressional committee where it is being debated. The debate has divided the country sharply because the subject is highly sensitive in the country. Opposition to the new bill is led by the Catholic Church which is very influential in the country. Majority of the country’s population hold the Catholic faith and that has made the church very powerful in the Philippines. The church has vowed to fight the bill even beyond the country’s Congress to ensure that the bill does not see the light of day.

The bill was introduced by a group of lawmakers including Congresswoman Luz Ilagan. She told CNN that the bill will bring Philippines out of the “dark ages.”

According to the new bill, couples will have the chance to walk out of their marriage on the basis of infidelity, violence and abandonment. The reintroduction of the bill by the lawmakers was partly influenced by a vote in Malta last week which made divorce legal in the country.

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