Split over divorce
A battle over divorce looms in the Philippines after a House committee submitted a divorce bill for plenary deliberations for the first time last week.
A similar measure, once filed in the Senate, is expected to face strong opposition in the upper house with some of its key leaders saying they are against the version of the House.
As expected, leaders of the Catholic church said they will fight the measure.
A Social Weather Stations survey in December 2014 found 60% majority support for legalization of divorce for "married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore," up from 50% in 2011.
Social Weather Stations | Fourth Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: 60% favor legalization of divorce; was 50% in 2011 and 43% in 2005