MANILA- Making divorce legal in the Philippines may worsen problems plaguing distressed families, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza claimed that legalizing divorce would weaken Filipino familial ties and will not address problems within the kin.
"You're not solving the problem. Mangyayari sa Pilipinas, hihina ang pamilya, dadami ang magdidiborsyo," he said in an interview.
(What will happen is the Philippines will weaken because many couples will file for divorce.)
"Pag ginawa mong ganyan, ang mangyayari sa Pilipinas, 'di pa tayo umaangat sa kabuhayan, mawawasak na tayo sa ating lipunan," he added.
(If you do it that way, Philippine society will already be destroyed even before we develop.)
Lawmakers at the House of Representatives have consolidated several divorce bills and are poised to get committee approval for the measure.
Atienza, an opponent of the proposed measure, said Filipinos instead should not get married if they are not ready.
"Huwag kayong mag-aasawa kung hindi kayo handang magpakahirap. May halong sakripisyo ang pagsasama ng isang babae at isang lalaki upang magtatag ng pamilya," he said.
(Don't get married if you are not ready to suffer. Sacrifice is a part of a relationship of a woman and man in order to build a family.)
The pro-life lawmaker also claimed that more problematic children grow up "disoriented" with parents who are separated compared to children in families where parents have "problematic" relationships.
Atienza said he has a scientific basis to prove his claims and will soon present these to his fellow lawmakers.
If the measure is passed by the committee, the approval will be historical as being the farthest any such proposal has come in the legislative mill in this predominantly Catholic country which remains as one of the 2 remaining countries in the world without a divorce law.