Are Filipinos ready for divorce? Do we even know what it’s all about? Why do we put so much importance on things that will benefit us in so little ways? My stand on this thing hasn’t changed just yet. I still firmly believe in the sanctity of marriage in our country. People often times misconstrue what divorce will actually bring to our society. What difference would it make if we allow people to forget the sacred vows that they took in front of God and the law? I don’t really believe in that divorce will make the lives of Filipinos easier nor that it will make our society a better place to live in in the future.
We can’t really make comparisons between our country and those who have a divorce law because, there’s no basis to start with. How can we compare ourselves to other nations when we are no where similar those successful countries at all. It’s bad enough that we want to be like the United States so bad that we have to compare us to them all the time, but we have to face the fact that we cannot be as successful as those other countries until we start putting the more important things first. I don’t understand why we have to be ignorant to the fact that the Philippines can do so much better if we just make the initiative.
Another thing that bothers me about those who are pushing for the bill to be passed is their argument that they want to lessen the number of abused women and children in our society. If you ask me, stricter implementation of the law is enough solution for all our problems. We have laws but we don’t even feel their presence. We see on TV government officials being accused of things but how many of the cases filed against them actually reach the courts? How many of those cases were able to be tried in court? How many of those accused were proven guilty and punished? In some cases, people who were proven guilty were just given a slap on the wrist. In some cases, some of them didn’t even go to prison. And if they did, they are being given special treatment.
What is wrong in our country today is the lack of knowledge of the basic laws of the majority of the Filipinos. But I can’t blame them. When all they see on TV and all they hear on the radio are government officials being accused of corruption, they would naturally feel indifferent towards the events that are taking place in our country. If there’s one thing I know for sure, divorce will just be an excuse for people to find an easy way out of their relationship problems. The bill itself has yet to be fully disclosed to all the people so that they can better understand the provisions and what it can do or not do for them. If they would just know the bill all throughout, I’m sure they would have second thoughts as well.