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Philippine House Bill 1799: Divorce Bill

Due to the recent referendum conducted about divorce in Malta, the Philippine government has suddenly turned its attention to a proposed bill that has been gathering dust in the past year. House Bill 1799, or the Divorce Bill, was filed in July 27, 2010 by the GABRIELA Women's Party.

With Malta well on its way to legalize divorce, The Philippines will soon be the only country in the world which does not allow the breaking up of marriage in this manner. The question is how the lawmakers and the rest of the country will deal with HB 1799.

I continue to be amazed by how Filipinos seem to be more aware of what is happening in the country and how we seek to be more informed about our laws - both proposed and existing. In my opinion, this can only lead to more good. Never mind that there will always be opposing sides. At least the people are starting to become more involved in the shaping of the country.

As with the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill), which is arguably the hottest issue right now, the Divorce Bill needs to be read, examined, and understood before forming one's opinion. This is what I am setting out to do, and if you are in the same stage as I am - seeking more information - then here are the proposed reasons one can file for legal separation, which may in turn be grounds for divorce (explained more later).
  1. Repeated physical violence or grossly abusive conduct directed against
    the petitioner, a common child, or a child of the petitioner;
  2. Physical violence or moral pressure to compel the petitioner to change
    religious or political affiliation;
  3. Attempt of respondent to corrupt or induce the petitioner, a common child, or a child of the petitioner, to engage in prostitution, or connivance in such corruption or inducement;
  4. Final judgment sentencing the respondent to imprisonment of more
    than six years, even if pardoned;
  5. Drug addiction or habitual alcoholism of the respondent;
  6. Lesbianism or homosexuality-of the respondent;
  7. Contracting by the respondent of a subsequent bigamous marriage,
    whether in the Philippines or abroad;
  8. Sexual infidelity or perversion;
  9. Attempt by the respondent against life of the petitioner; or
  10. Abandonment of petitioner by respondent without justifiable cause for
    more than one year.
As you can see, this is no simple matter. That is why I choose to stay silent for now and simply look at the facts - what is included (and excluded) in the proposal. I hope that other Filipinos will also study the issue thoroughly before "taking sides". Read the entire bill: Divorce Bill.


  1. The Philippines has no law on divorce at this time. Filipinos believe that marriage is sacred and that they should stick with their partner for the rest of their lives.

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  2. oh really?im a filipino myself,but i dont agree with what you had said,well maybe us,we believe in that,but not all.

  3. in the very first place, why do people marry if they end up getting a divorce?

  4. Right now, RP is the only country without divorce laws. Look on the bright side: at least they won't have to go through the hassle of finding las vegas divorce lawyers.

  5. I agree with the comments. Philippines has no divorce law yet but they are looking forward to having this kind of law. There's a split decision regarding this bill and a lot of people are debating on whether this will bring prosperity or not.


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