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Guv: Pray divorce
law move fails


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called for prayers during the Holy Week against the passage of the divorce bill into law.

Marañon said he is against the divorce bill that was passed by the Lower House Monday, saying it is lopsided against the wife who does not get anything.

“Read the bill and you will complain, it is very one sided,” the governor said.

Marañon said he does not believe the divorce bill will pass in the Senate.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who has roots in Negros, said there is no counterpart divorce bill in the Senatethat would enable it to become a law.

“I’m personally against divorce,” Zubiri told the DAILY STAR.

But Zubiri filed Senate Bill 1745, or an act recognizing the civil effects of Church-decreed annulment, on March 14.

Although divorce remains a contentious issue in the Catholic Church, annulment of marriage is allowed, Zubiri said in the explanatory note.

“Although it is a religious act, marriage solemnized in the church is recognized by the State...so the State should also recognize the annulment of marriage granted by the church”, he said.

The governor, meanwhile, called on the faithful to reflect and pray during the Holy Week to become better persons and for the nation.

“The saddest part is, we are supposed to be a Christian country, but we are the most corrupt, the most violent,” he said.*CPG


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