Rep. Lani Mercado to consider divorce bill?


Posted at Aug 18 2010 11:28 AM | Updated as of Aug 18 2010 07:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Actress and Cavite 2nd district Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla said she's studying the Divorce Bill revived in Congress by party-list Gabriela.

Last week Gabriela Representative Emerciana "Emmi" de Jesus said divorce is a more affordable option than annulment for which the ground of psychological incapacity is often difficult to prove.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Mercado-Revilla, who believes in the sanctity of marriage, said aside from studying and reviewing the divorce bill, she will also conduct consultations among her constituents in Cavite.

"I am already studying the Divorce Bill filed by Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerciana de Jesus and I plan to conduct consultations with the various stakeholders in the second district of Cavite regarding the matter.

"As the congresswoman of the 2nd district, I must consult and represent the interests of my district in the House Of Representatives," Mercado-Revilla said.

According to family law expert Atty. Evelyn Ursua, divorce was practiced in the Philippines under the 1935 Constitution before it was removed in the New Civil Code.

"We used to have a divorce law in the Philippines before August 30, 1950," Ursua said, adding former Vice President Arturo Tolentino was among the Filipinos who availed of it and remarried before the law was changed.

To this day, Ursua added, the remedy is available for those under the Muslim law.

"The Muslim Filipinos have divorce under the Muslim code so it's only non-Muslim Filipinos who can't avail of divorce at this time," Ursua explained.

The Philippines and Malta are the only two countries in the world that do not allow divorce.