BUHAY Partylist Representative and Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand against the passage of the divorce bill.
“We welcome and fully appreciate President Duterte’s stand against the divorce law. The President has saved the Filipino family with his strong position against divorce, which has been passed on second reading in the Lower House. We strongly agree with the President that divorce would be very detrimental to mothers and children,” Atienza said in reaction to the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the President is against the proposed divorce law.
“We admire the President’s display of strength and character. He did not allow himself to be stampeded by the mob on this critical issue. His strong leadership will forever be remembered for saving the Filipino family and future generations. I am sure that with his strong position against divorce, this bill will most likely be relegated to the archives,” Atienza said.
Earlier, Roque said Duterte, whose first marriage ended in annulment, believes divorce is disadvantageous to children and abandoned spouses would lose the right to file cases against their spouses.
Atienza had opposed House Bill 7303 during plenary deliberations.
“Through ayes and nays, I, together with a miniscule number of lawmakers voiced our opposition to the bill but our collective voices were ultimately drowned out by the majority of congressmen for the passage of the bill on second reading,” Atienza said.