MANILA - Children whose parents are trapped in unhappy marriages will benefit from the legalization of divorce, the author of the divorce bill pending before Congress said Sunday.
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman told ANC that divorce would "bail out" children from exposure to the constant bickerings of their parents.
"Studies would show that it would be better for children to have divorced parents than continue staying in a broken relationship because they are subject to agony and distress," Lagman said.
He added that the divorce bill was "gender sensitive" as it does not require a woman to get the consent of her husband before filing for divorce proceedings.
The bill also reduces the cost of divorce proceedings as it waives attorneys fees, filing fees and cost of litigation for court-assisted petitioners.
The Albay lawmaker, however, stressed that divorce is not for people who are happily married but for couples in marriages that are "completely beyond repair."
"So there is need for the state to give them full relief which is not available under the provisions on the legal separation as well as annulment of marriage in the Family Code."
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, meanwhile, insisted that there are enough provisions in the Family Code for couples who are in distressed marriages.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary CBCP Public Affairs Committee, also said divorce would not solve the problems of dysfunctional marriages.
"We stick to our belief, because our belief is based on the teachings of the scriptures, on the teachings of Chirst himself. We are not going to consider what our congressmen thought about the matter," Secillano told ANC.
The House is set to vote on the Divorce Bill on its third and final reading this week.