Divorce bill has '50-50' odds in Senate: Escudero

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Posted at Mar 20 2018 11:22 AM

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A proposed law allowing divorce has a "50-50" percent chance of securing the Senate's approval, Senator Francis Escudero said Tuesday.

The House of Representatives, in a historic first, passed on Monday the measure, which would allow a divorced partner to marry another person of the opposite sex.

"Mahabang debate iyan sa Senado dahil siguro 50-50 ang laban niyan sa Senado 'pag dumating iyung debate at botohan," Escudero told DZMM.

(That will go through a lengthy debate in the Senate because it has a 50-50 chance in the Senate when it reaches debate and voting.)

Duterte is against divorce, believing children of divorce will suffer, his spokesman Harry Roque revealed.

At present the only way to exit a failed union is to bring an expensive civil case of annulment in which a judge declares a marriage invalid due to "psychological incapacity".

Applicants must undergo a mental exam, testify in court and sometimes even claim they or their spouse entered the union while afflicted by a disorder such as narcissism.

The process can take anywhere from 1 to 10 years to wind through the slow and overburdened Philippine court system and cost at least P250,000.

Escudero said he personally favors passing a bill that will make annulment cheaper and easier, over a divorce law.

DZMM, 20 March 2018