No ‘drive-thru’ for marriage or divorce, says Sen. Gatchalian

Published February 22, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Hannah L. Torregoza

The measure seeking to introduce divorce in the Philippines may face rough sailing in the Senate, what with some senators already thumbing down the proposal of the House of Representatives to legislate an absolute divorce law.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, the only member of the Senate who is a bachelor, said he does not believe in the essence of the measure, saying he does not believe that marriage should be like a “drive-thru.”

“What we need is a clear process and reasonable process for our constituents to follow because the current process of separation right now is so expensive for them that they have to go through the eye of a needle,” Gatchalian said.

“I do believe that one of the grounds of separation is when a relationship is marred with violence or abuse,” he said.

Gatchalian said he is against “express or a drive-thru” divorce.

“Hindi pwede ’yung ayoko na sa mukha mo, divorce na tayo. Gawin natin reasonable ang proseso dapat dumaan pa rin sa korte pero hindi katulad ng  proseso ngayon na umaabot ng tatlo o limang taon (I don’t like the idea of divorcing just because I no longer want to see your face. Let’s make the process reasonable. It should still go through the courts but the process should not take three to five years),” he said.