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Koko on marriage bill: Call a spade a spade

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Nation
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THE Senate will wait for the House version of the proposal for the dissolution of marriage before drafting its own version of the measure.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said he already talked to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the plan of the Upper Chamber.

“Wala pa kaming nakikitang bersyon niyan pero nabanggit na sa akin ni House Speaker yan. Ang importante bigyan niya kami ng kopya para mapag-aaralan namin,” said Pimentel.

However, Pimentel, who has been separated since 2012 from his wife, Jewel May Lobaton, said  if the proposed “dissolution of marriage” was similar to divorce, then simply call it divorce.

“Although pwedeng sabihin nga ni Speaker na e Philippine style yan e ibang pangalan natin dito pero klaruhin lang natin yun... That is I think ground to dissolve or to put an end to a marriage, unhappy marriage. Wala yan sa family code. So ibig sabihin noon mayrong bagong proposal talaga si Speaker Alvarez, ang tanong ko lang if that means divorce wag na natin itago,” he said.

Pimentel also pointed out that religion can not be used as an argument against the proposal since most countries have a divorce law.
    
“We will not use that argument na dahil sa religion natin bawal tayong magkaroon ng divorce. Hindi natin gagamitin yung argument na yun. Pero kung dahil sa religion natin e malakas ang pressure not to have a divorce law and then di natin makukuha po yun eh reality po yun, that’s a reality,” Pimentel added.
    
Alvarez, who is estranged from his wife, also pushed for the easy dissolution of marriage saying it was time for Congress to pass a bill allowing couples not happily married to easily void the unions before the court.