Monthly Archives: October 2015

Violence against Women and Children

The law best known to many as the “Violence against Women and Children” is the bill often referred to as Republic Act #9262. People will overhear this strange number used by the attorney in conversation, but those who are trying to get a divorce in the Philippines will not find this bill at all useful.

The law is enforced for those who break the bonds of marriage in acts of aggression, but this law uses subsections that can and are repeatedly referred to as violence. The most common of these acts would of course be actual harm to a spouse which can be the man or woman.

Some aspects of marriage that would be overlooked by other countries are given high priority in the Philippines, one of which is causing of emotional or psychological distress. This measure also includes staying or living within the property of which the spouse and child (if any) live in also. Oddly enough that may include the house that you occupy and is the only personal dwelling to which you can stay.

Other acts which fall under the law include threats with bouts of intense yelling due to their nature under the subsection of distress and/or public ridicule. Often for those going through a divorce in the Philippines one will also discover that acts of kindness in the past with money can be part of the hearings involving this law. Sacks of rice or any other types of monetary items are often prioritized as “support” which can and will often be requested as part of spousal assistance under such proceedings. The law of this country should be looked at closer upon the final decision of wanting to live in the Philippines.


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Divorce in the Philippines-One Step Forward

The ability to have a Divorce in the Philippines already exists. Click here for more details.

The Philippines bishops have labeled a proposed divorce law as “dangerous” and “a prelude to total divorce,” which Church leaders in the country oppose.

The House of Representatives approved on a third and final reading the proposed law, which would allow Filipinos to remarry after being granted a divorce abroad.

The bill, which seeks to amend the Family Code of the Philippines, proposes to recognize a divorce obtained by a foreign spouse in another country without the need to seek judicial recognition. A similar bill awaits Senate approval before President Benigno Aquino can sign it into law.

“The bill will only require the Filipino spouse to submit a duly authenticated copy of the decree of absolute divorce,” said Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, one of the authors of the bill.

But Abp. Ramon Arguelles of Lipa said the bill “is prelude to total divorce.”

“Everyone should now understand that the deception is not over. The devil is at work. We are right at the center,” Abp. Arguelles said, calling the proposed law “evil.”

“That’s why I fight these because they are anti-God and immoral,” he said. “Those who pass this law will face the judgment of God,” the prelate added.

Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said Church teaching on marriage “does not change even if some people would advocate change.”

Aside from recognizing the capacity of the Filipino spouse to remarry, the proposed statute also simplifies the process of recognition of a foreign judgment of divorce obtained by a foreign spouse.

Survey Suggests Public Support

The Philippine bishops’ conference issued a statement in March opposing the legalization of divorce in the country, saying it will only make a “mockery” of the sanctity of marriage.

A survey released by pollster Social Weather Stations during the first quarter of 2015 revealed that at least 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce to be legalized especially for “irreconcilably separated” couples.

Women’s party Gabriela last year filed a proposed measure, House Bill 4408 or “An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines,” that seeks to address the problem of “irreconcilable marriages.”

Under the proposed law, divorce will be granted only for a petitioner who has been separated from his or her spouse for at least five years “and reconciliation is highly improbable.”

A petitioner who has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years “and reconciliation is improbable” can also be granted divorce, according to the proposed law.

The Philippines is the only country, aside from the Vatican, that does not allow divorce.

Divorce was legal in the Philippines and widely practiced especially among tribal communities until 1950 when the country’s New Civil Code prohibited divorce.

The law, however, allows legal separation — spouses are considered still married to each other and cannot remarry — and the annulment of marriage.

Data from the Office of the Solicitor General show that the number of annulment cases in the Philippines increased by 40 percent from 4,520 cases in 2001 to 8,282 in 2010.

Out of the 8,000 to 10,000 petitions for annulment filed before the Solicitor General, more than 90 percent have been granted by the courts.

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Chatter on Changes to Divorce in the Philippines



The social media in The Philippines have been awash over the last few months with talk and chatter about the changes to divorce in the Philippines. Many Facebook pages supporting changes to the Philippines constitution have helped push this subject to the front of the newspapers and even the more conservative newspapers have been obliged to report a definite change in the public on divorce.

Online petitions have been a big thing too.


End the cast system and allow divorce in the Philippines as all other countries do. Annulment is way too costly for the average person and takes way too long. Allow for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, unfaithfulness, abandonment, abuse, failure to consumate, and the like. Please be sure to share




  • TMNetherlands, Meppel

Sep 27, 2015

Individual rights are only limited in North Korea, China and… Philippines. That’s a shame. Any individual has the basic right to fill in his/her private life. Any law or church who limits that private freedom is criminal

Sep 26, 2015

allow divorce now!

Sep 25, 2015

i want to pursue divorce here in the philippines

Sep 22, 2015

lets all unite and make a difference.allow divorce in our country.

Sep 21, 2015

Please let us live freely as equals with those who are happily married, celibates, single-blessed.

Sep 21, 2015

i want divorce to able to have a happy life

Sep 18, 2015

I really do want divorce to have freedom

  • katPhilippines, Diliman

Sep 17, 2015


  • David United States, Rancho Palos Verdes

Sep 17, 2015

She hasn’t seen the drunk that beat her for TWENTY-FIVE years! Shouldn’t her government allow her a new start.

  • chaPhilippines, Manila

Sep 16, 2015

divorce now

Sep 16, 2015

Please pass the divorce Philippines now!

Sep 16, 2015

divorce is a sign of progress

  • judie sHong Kong, Central District

Sep 16, 2015

Yes to divorce ….

  • Anonymous

Sep 15, 2015

Please allow divorce law in the philippines. I’ve suffered such trauma and still I’m attach to my ex because were still legally married.. Its been 6yrs since we separated.. Make it affordable..


Aside from the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country which does not provide a procedure for divorce.  Furthermore, it is difficult for Filipinos to obtain divorces abroad and often these are not recognized by the Philippines.  The only way a citizen of the Philippines can end their marriage is by annulment, which is an onerous, expensive and time-consuming process that is not even guaranteed to be successful.

This effectively leaves most of the poor and overseas worker population of the Philippines unable to move on with their lives from a marriage that is often abusive, adulterous and contracted by deceit–such as polygamous marriages–under threat from one’s family or that of the spouse’s and/or when the couple is very young and naive.

The exception is for the Muslim population of the Philippines, who are in fact able to obtain divorces; and this demonstrates an obvious lack of separation of church and state within the Philippine government–which is heavily influenced, if not almost completely controlled by, the Catholic Church.  This goes against the notion of human rights.

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