CEBU CITY- Archbishop Jose Palma on Tuesday said he disapproved of the House of Representatives decision to pass a bill legalizing divorce.
The former president of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBPCP) said he is sad over the bill's legislative progress, saying it will only cause the deterioration of the sanctity of marriage.
"We doubt their (lawmakers') intentions. Despite the many Catholics in the country, they just want to pursue their wants," Palma said in the local dialect.
Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a bill providing for divorce, a historic first for the chamber.
The approval came despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte.
Palma added that he will offer prayers this Holy Week for lawmakers, especially for those in the Senate, which has yet to pass its own version of the divorce bill.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III had previously said that the prospects of passing a divorce bill at the Senate are "dim."
A predominantly Catholic country, the Philippines is one of only 2 states in the world, aside from the Vatican, where divorce is outlawed.