Sun.Star Cebu

‘Divorce bill helpful for unhappy couples’


Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia (Cebu Province, third district) said that the divorce bill recently approved by the House of Representa­tives will help couples who are trapped in loveless and abusive marriages.

But a Church official believes that the proposed measure will only make the separation of families more convenient.

Garcia said that some couples stay in abusive relationsh­ips because of the prohibitiv­e cost of getting an annulment.

She added that children of separated couples are better off with their parents divorced than staying in an abusive relationsh­ip.

Garcia, whose marriage has been annulled, believes that the State would be doing unhappy couples a disservice if House Bill 7303 is not passed.

Garcia then urged the Senate to keep an open mind during the deliberati­on of the measure.

Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokespers­on for the Archdioces­e of Cebu, said that while he respects Garcia’s opinion, he believes that the measure will allow couples to make divorce a go-to pill whenever they argue.

“Kon mao na lang nay hinungdan nga magdeborsy­o ta, di matag naay away sa pamilya, which is something that really happens kay dili mapugngan kay lain-lain mang tawo nag-ipon, then divorce mao nay dag-anan nato,” he said. /

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