The Philippines is a very religious place to live in. The whole country revolves around the main Catholic religion, and to a passer-by it can be confusing to see church services on the news channels and to see the huge influence the religious groups have on day-to-day running of the country. The Catholic church does not allow Divorce in the Philippines and it will be a very strong and radical President that will go as far as to change this.
People who say that divorce in the Philippines
is not advisable for the Philippines forget or ignore our history. The ethno-linguistic communities of the Philippine archipelago before the Spanish conquest practiced divorce. We had a divorce law from 1917 until August 30, 1950, when the Civil Code of 1950 took effect. The latter law prohibited divorce for Filipinos, and the prohibition continues under the present Family Code. But Muslim Filipinos have always practiced divorce, which Philippine law allowed. Today, divorce continues to be available to Muslim Filipinos under the Code of Muslim Personal Law of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 1083), promulgated in 1977.