Rep. FM Romualdez opposes revival of divorce bill in the next congress
House Assistant Minority Floor Leader and Leyte 1st District Representative Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez appealed to his colleagues not to rush the divorce bill at the lower chamber even if the 15th Congress is about to end.
Romualdez said reviving the raging debate over the proposed law legalizing divorce bill in the country would not look good after the country earned its second saint in the name of St. Pedro Calungsod and the elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the College of Cardinals recently.
“It’s a little bit ironic because these come at a time when we just got a new saint and a new cardinal. We had a lot of blessings. It would be a little too much after the RH bill. Let’s take it easy. There’s some humanity involved here,” he said.
He added that the legal and moral aspects of divorce should be carefully considered before passing a measure that will legalize it.
“On a legal aspect, it’s a contract. Any contract must be respected and there are terms and conditions which each party should respect. It will be best to make it not so easy to get out of your obligations to one another. If you make it too easy, maybe a marriage will be of no moment any longer,” he said.
Romualdez said the issue should be best decided through a conscience vote after Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr. hinted at the possibility of discussing the measure in the next Congress.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said that he is in favor of the divorce bill and wants couples whose relationships are no longer working out to have divorce as an option.
Belmonte admits that passage of this bill is no longer possible in the 15th Congress as their session will only be up to January 21, 2013 in preparation for the May 13, 2013 mid-term election.
“Not in this Congress pero mabuti na rin ‘yung pinag-uusapan, I’m in favor of divorce bill,… but we don’t know the composition of the next Congress” said Belmonte when asked about the 15th Congress’ plans on the divorce bill.
Last December 13, Romualdez, a lawyer and a banker, voted against the passage of the highly-divisive Reproductive Health or House Bill (HB) No. 4244 or An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development, known today as Republic Act (RA) No. 10354.