Divorce bill not a priority – PNoy

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Posted at Jun 02 2011 02:49 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2011 05:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III will not back for now the divorce bill, noting it is not a priority of the administration.

Aquino told reporters covering his state visit in Brunei there are other issues that needs immediate attention.

“Ang pangako ko kasi job generation, education, health, judicial reform, and we are doing all of that already. The responsible parenthood bills, with the ability of the state to help all these families… yung divorce I think is not a priority at this time,” the President said.

Nonetheless, he would want an extensive debate on the matter.

“Ayokong padaliin yung proseso na ang impression ay katulad na nga ng lahat sa Las Vegas--kasal ka sa umaga, puwedeng ma-divorce ka sa hapon. Napaka-importante ang pamilya na dapat ma-address ang lahat ng concerns,” he said.

He, however, acknowledged that there are marriages beyond repair.

“There has to be a way out where they are able to regain the right to marry but they have to go through a very exhaustive process that will give them stuffs to rethink whether or not they want to dissolve the family,” he said.