CBCP official laments filing of bill on absolute divorce

An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lamented the filing of a bill that seeks to legalize divorce in the country.

Fr. Jerome Secillano (Screenshot/Radio Veritas)

Fr. Jerome Secillano, CBCP Public Affairs Committee executive secretary, said its unfortunate

that some legislators would rather focus on "breaking marriages than fixing them or strengthening marital bond."

He believes there are much bigger problems in the country that lawmakers should address.

"To think that Filipinos are embroiled in much bigger problems, the likes of (Albay Representative Edcel) Lagman are busy advancing their irrational advocacies instead of legislating policies that will thumb down the negative impacts of unrelenting oil price increase, inflation, fare hike, unemployment and Covid 19," Secillano said in an interview, Tuesday, July 5.

"The unreasonable penchant of these legislators to the divorce bill while we are reeling from economic devastation tells me that it's no longer about helping Filipinos rise up from economic poverty but a matter of pride and subservience to whoever is behind this measure," he added.

Earlier, Lagman filed the “Absolute Divorce Act," at the House of Representatives.