December 19, 2017, 6:20 am
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Until death do us part...(2)

WHAT God has joined, let [that] man not separate. Man divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery. All Biblical edicts point to the man, husband, as the offender. The Bible recognized this back then. It requires great courage and self-respect for wives, however miserable, to appreciate these new rights and privileges. Now, with higher light and knowledge of the true marriage, and all the responsibilities that grow out of it, abused wives begin to feel themselves more degraded by remaining with unworthy partners.

Denial of the right to divorce is a discriminatory practice because many are forced to stay in a marriage that is harmful to them, either physically or emotionally. Both from a women’s perspective, but it doesn’t mean that it cannot apply also to men. It doesn’t say anything for us…that we allow women, or men for that matter, to stay in horrible relationships and be miserable parents to their children simply because our law does not recognize that they should live separate lives. Because the Vatican orders the country No-Divorce? Those not in favor of divorce need not avail of it, but they should not deprive other Filipinos of the right to divorce.

SWS survey showed that majority of Filipinos want to legalize divorce. It is embarrassing, almost insidious, that the Philippines has the exclusivity in the world to still kowtow to the Vatican’s command of No-Divorce. Are all the countries in the world dumb and sinful; the Philippines and the Vatican, are the only two in the world who think it wise to force two feuding people to sleep in the same bed? Even Italy, where the Vatican is entrenched, allows divorce after five years of mandatory waiting; cooling off. 

Quotable quote from the House, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said he did not think “Congress would pass a divorce bill even if majority of Filipinos want it. “I don’t think it has any chance to pass the 16th Congress.... a proposal supported by 60 percent of Filipinos as shown in the SWS survey.” What about the separation of church and state in this democracy? The Romano church opposition to divorce as the main stumbling block. How many are aware that a considerable number of OFWs leaving the country to work abroad (men too) are in fact running away from a dysfunctional marriage?

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said the Constitution should be amended first because a divorce law would violate the Charter citing Article XV of the Constitution in which “The state recognizes the family as the basic foundation of the nation.” Yes, please amend the Constitution, before feuding couples abuse each other to death.

Rep. Silvestre Bello III said “A divorce law would be seen as destroying the family in a country dominated by Catholics.” One-third of the 103 million population of the Philippines are practicing, devoted Christians. The rest are non-practicing Catholics, non-practicing Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Shintos, Mennonites, Judaism, Rizalistas, Hindus, Sikhs, Confusianism, Taoist, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Bahai, Abrahamic, Agnostics, Atheists, Animism, etc. While the memorable maxim “sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you,” it’s certainly not applicable in this Facebook age, when a few poorly chosen words can land feuding spouses in a world of hurt – financially speaking, that is.

That’s because spouses who post barbed missives about a “deadbeat dad,” a “lush wife,” an “abusive partner” or anything that crosses the line between opinion and unsubstantiated allegation in the internet could end up a lawsuit for libel. While Freedom of Speech laws can protect spouses from being sued for libel, this only applies if what was said was true and can be substantiated. 

Even if an accusation is true, if it proves to be financially damaging to the other party, it can still end up in court. An angry wife may post that her husband is a “total cheat and liar.” If her husband’s boss and the company reads that, and damages his career prospects, financial relief can be sought. Especially if you have children. These things don’t go away. A judge will tell you that your children will learn to tweet, and they’ll read what you write in the heat of the moment. It’s awful. Loose fingers can be worse than loose lips. Our best advice? One word: Restraint.

As (temporarily) satisfying as it may be to trash a spouse on Facebook, through Twitter, on a blog, or anywhere else, nothing good can come of it. Spouses should speak with their family lawyer about legal issues, and if necessary, a qualified mental health professional about their emotional issues. If this much hatred is in the air in a household, divorce is the only recourse.

[I used for reference for this column excerpts from Women’s Advocacy Collection by Elizabeth Stanton and Slamming a Spouse on Facebook Could Get You Sued, by Josh D. Simon.]

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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