divorce in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on divorce in the Philippines


[OPINION] I am a daughter in support of divorce

Feb 10, 2020 - 3:45 PM

'I cannot imagine my parents being happy in the same household. It would clip their wings and would have led to a toxic environment.'

Divorce bill hurdles House committee level

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The Philippines is the only other country without divorce, aside from Vatican City

[OPINION] Divorce, death penalty, and the dangers of religious fundamentalism

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The fight for divorce is a family affair

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

At the Senate hearing on the divorce bills, for the first time, adults didn’t have to speak for the children. The children spoke for themselves: they will be alright.

[OPINION] Why I don't believe divorce will destroy a family

Sep 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

They say, 'Divorce will destroy a family.' But is it not abuse and lack of respect for your partner and for marriage that destroy everyone in the family?

[OPINYON] Paano na lang kung hindi naghiwalay ang mga magulang ko?

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Divorces aren't for fun. Magastos at masakit ito. Pero mas mabuti ito kaysa maglolokohan kayo pareho at palipat-lipat ang mga anak 'nyo.

'People fall in love, people fall out of love:' Netizens debate divorce

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:32 PM

As the Senate continues to hear 3 divorce bills, Filipinos online weigh in on legalizing divorce in the country

Hontiveros: Divorce bill is 'pro-family, pro-children'

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:02 PM

'It makes us respect marriage more by being more discerning with our choices in life. It protects children from abuse and rebuilds broken families,' Senator Risa Hontiveros says at the first Senate hearing on the divorce bill

DIVORCE. Senator Risa Hontiveros presides the first Senate hearing on the instituting absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines or the divorce bill on September 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SolGen role in annulment 'waste of taxpayers' money' – group

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senator Risa Hontiveros says advocates support the term 'dissolution of marriage' if other lawmakers have an issue on the word 'divorce'

ADVOCATES. Pro-divorce advocates attend the first Senate hearing on the absolute divorce bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the divorce bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The Divorce Bill: Legislating love, sex and marriage

Aug 11, 2019 - 10:14 AM

It is the judicial system infested with corruption and bribery that make a mockery of the institution of marriage – not the two people who once vowed to love each other till death do them part but failed

Divorce bill? Villanueva says 'over my dead body'

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) While Senator Joel Villanueva opposes divorce, he supports 'equal access' to annulment. Divorce advocates say an annulment's scope is limited.

NO TO DIVORCE. Senator Joel Villanueva says he will 'definitely oppose' the divorce bill when it reaches the plenary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hilbay says he would support 'fault-based' divorce bill

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

‘Gusto ko pwede kaming maghiwalay, kapag ayaw ko na sayo iiwan na kita, mahihirapan ka talaga na kumuha ng boto na kailangan mo,’ says Florin Hilbay

DIVORCE. Opposition Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support a bill for a fault-based divorce if he wins a seat in the Senate. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

Serge Osmeña to vote for divorce bill if he wins Senate seat

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:06 PM

'We already have annulment, we already have legal separation because we don't like to call it divorce. Let's just call it divorce and complete the cycle already,' says the senatorial candidate

DIVORCE. Senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña favors the passage of a divorce bill.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Walking and fighting for divorce in the Philippines

May 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The divorce advocates have yet to get the full support of the Senate, but they are getting a lot of love and support from their kids. This is one fight that pro-divorce mothers and fathers will not have to face alone.

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Duterte to Alvarez: No to divorce law because Sara opposes it

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The President teases House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about his spat with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio: 'Mag-usap na lang kayo'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wave farewell to the send-off party as they prepare to board the Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 at the Qionghai Boao International Airport on April 10, 2018 following a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018. Also in the photo is the President's grandson Mateo. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

I still do: Alvarez won't give up on divorce bill

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are 'ongoing' talks to make sure the controversial divorce bill will see the light of day

HOUSE SPEAKER. Alvarez continues to push for the passage of the divorce law. Photo courtesy of the House media bureau

[OPINION] Divorce and the religious response

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The realities that necessitate divorce include: violence, infidelity, and abandonment. Instead of providing comfort, religion brings only oppression when often a romanticized image of the family is used against even the most dysfunctional relationships.

House approves divorce bill on 3rd reading

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

House Bill 7303 is the farthest that any proposal to introduce divorce has made it in the lower chamber

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

EXPLAINER: What are the grounds, provisions in House divorce bill?

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Advocates of the bill in the House of Representatives are pushing for divorce as a cheaper and faster means to end a marriage

DIVORCE PUSH. Legislators tackle the proposed divorce law. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House divorce bill proposes easier procedures for OFWs

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The concerns of OFWs are among the things lawmakers are taking into consideration in drafting versions of the proposed divorce law

PRO-WOMAN LEGISLATION. Edcel Lagman heads efforts for the House to pass a long-awaited divorce law. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

OFWs in Hong Kong support marriage dissolution bills

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues

FOR DIVORCE. Several groups of OFWs in Hong Kong wants a divorce law to protect them from abusive relationships.

Miriam Santiago 'joins' Cebu debate despite absence

Mar 20, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Unlike the 4 other presidential candidates in Sunday’s debate Miriam Defensor Santiago supports divorce

A wide view of the PiliPinas 2016 Debates in Cebu City, March 20, 2016. Frame grab courtesy TV5

Rappler Talk: Divorce in the Philippines

Mar 30, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Is the Philippines ready for a divorce law?

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Mar 24, 2015 - 7:24 PM

Jeane Napoles is back in the Philippines What is Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy? Bob Arum says the Pacquiao Mayweather fight could earn more than 400 million

'Clear majority' of Filipinos favor legalizing divorce

Mar 23, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Support for divorce – now from 6 in 10 Filipinos – has been on an upward trend since 2005 the latest Social Weather Stations survey shows

[Dash of SAS] Divorce selfies

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Divorce selfies are not likely going to happen in the Philippines even if we are the selfie capital of the world because well we have no divorce

Most Senate bets vs divorce

Feb 14, 2013 - 10:56 PM

But 6 candidates are in favor of it