Personal experience may have motivated Alvarez's 'civil union' bill: bishop

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2017 04:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2017 05:46 PM

MANILA - Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz turned the tables on House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who proposed bills aimed to help couples who want to live together, but are not yet ready for marriage.

After a public feud last April that led to Alvarez admitting he has a girlfriend outside his marriage, Cruz said the lawmaker's idea of matrimony has become harder to understand.

"Ito nga, he comes up with all these hullabaloo about marriage. Medyo nahihirapan akong unawain siya sapagkat kung saan-saan papunta kaniyang kaisipan," the bishop said.

The bill Alvarez is proposing covers both heterosexual and homosexual couples. The lawmaker proposes same-sex couples be allowed to adopt a child under his proposed bill.

Alvarez said the proposed bill will also govern property rights for couples. He also said that civil unions can also be dissolved under his proposal.

Cruz said the House Speaker's proposed measure on civil unions seems to be motivated by what he is experiencing in his personal life.

"I will understand if he is bitter towards his real wife and he is having another partner in life. Definitely he will not want a marriage as it should be," he said. 

Cruz admits Alvarez is not the only one having trouble with his marriage but he believes the law may just trigger the separation of more married couples in the country. 

Asked to react to the bishop's comments that the proposed bills are motivated by personal experience, Alvarez said what's more important for him is what the public needs.

"Let's ask the public if they also share the same experience. Mine is not important," he said.