After the legalization of divorce in Catholic Malta, some politicians in the Philippines want to follow suit. Speaker of the House of Representatives Feliciano Belmonte Jr said that he favors the move to have divorce in the Philippines.
The Catholic Church in the Philippines strongly rejects the bill and emphasizes the Church’s firm stand on keeping the sanctity of marriage and irrevocableness of wedding vows exchanged by couples in front of God. Fr. Melvin Castro, Executive Secretary of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life believes that the proposed divorce law will just lead to more broken marriages in the Philippines.
The authors of the Divorce Bill are lobbying to hold a referendum to decide on the matter.
The Philippines is now the only nation that does not have legalized divorce or abortion.