MANILA, Philippines — Divorce shouldn’t be an easy option for married couples if it were allowed in the Philippines, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos said Saturday during his taped “The Chatroom” interview with broadcaster Erwin Tulfo. and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin. Andanar.
“There are cases where a divorce is sought,” the former senator said.
“There are instances where it can’t really be resolved,” he continued, speaking in a mix of Filipino and English. “But let’s not be like other places where it’s so easy to get divorced.”
“Shouldn’t it be that in your marriage you have to work at it?” he said. “You have to understand that there are times when it’s difficult. There are times when it’s chaotic. But you really have to force it. You say, ‘I’m not going to let this pass.’ So that we don’t have, for example, 50% divorce rates – 50% of marriages end in divorce.
“Let’s not encourage that. But there are real cases I’ve seen where married couples who have separated, even though we haven’t divorced yet, their children are better off, and the husband and wife are better off.)
Marcos also noted that other Catholic countries allow divorce.
“We already have [reached] half-way. Isn’t that after so many years, you’re considered legally separated. So let’s move on to the next step. And if it really can’t be solved, I think we have to start thinking about it,” he said.
“They say because it’s in the Catholic tradition. Look at all the Catholic countries, they are divorcing,” he added. “But don’t make it easy. We have to allow our couples, our married couples, to work on their marriage and work hard at it because sometimes it can be fixed. They managed to do it. But don’t give an easy option: “I give up”. They just quarreled, feeling bad for each other, and immediately they divorced. It shouldn’t be like this.
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