Malta votes Yes to Divorce in a Referendum

The people of Malta, reported to be more than 90% composed of Roman Catholics, said “yes” to divorce in the 28 May 2011 referendum. A number of matters came to mind upon reading the news articles on this referendum.

First, this doesn’t mean that only the Philippines has no divorce law at this time. The Malta referendum is “non-binding” in nature. As reported by the BBC, the Maltese voters were asked “whether parliament should introduce a new law that would allow couples to obtain a divorce after four years of separation.” The Maltese parliament still has to pass the law. Moreover, Vatican City, known as a state within a state and the seat of the Holy See, hasĀ  no divorce law (but this does not, or should not, count).

Second, divorce is allowed among the Muslim population of the Philippines.

Third, contrary to any impression that the Malta referendum spurred the Philippine legislature to start its own debate on divorce (as one may interpret the TIME article), a number of proposed laws had previously been filed and debated in Congress. This is not the first time that this issue is being debated in Congress, as noted in our previous article. As of today, 75% (out of 1,314 who voted in our informal poll) voted in favor of divorce.

Fourth, it’s just a matter of time before divorce is allowed in the Philippines. As to how soon and how it would impact the institution of marriage, your opinion is as good as mine. Let the debate continue.

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  1. Yes i was praying na ma allow ang divorce sa pilipinas. Because napaka unfair naman sa mga tulad kong sitwasyon na wala namang ginawang kasalanan. Year 2006 nung makilala yung lived in patner ko ngayon at sa year na din na yon nagsama nakmi. 1995 kinasal sila ng asawa nya dahil nabuntis nya, 1997 naging dalawa na yung mga anak nila. 1999 nag hiwalay na i dont know the reasons. Year 2000 may karelasyon na daw yung asawa ayon sa kwento na din ng panganay nilang anak. At sa year din ma yun umalis na yung asawa kasama ang boyfriend sa US na tumira. Yung mga bata naiwan sa lived in patner ko, wlang sustento ng nanay lahatng ubligasyon sa lived in patner ko. Yung babae nagka anak na bago pa kami nagka kilala. Meron na din kaming anak ngayon 7yrs.old at yung asawa nya as US dalawa na ang anak isang 11yrs.old or 12yrs.old at yung bunso 2yrs old. So wala akong kasalanan hindi ako nanira ng pamilya nagmahal lang ako kaya napaka unfair na matawag akong kabet dahil lang sa wala kaming pera para mapa annul yung una nyang kasal. And i was hoping na maging affordable para afford namin. Yes i was praying na ma allow ang divorce sa pilipinas. Because napaka unfair naman sa mga tulad kong sitwasyon na wala namang ginawang kasalanan. Year 2006 nung makilala yung lived in patner ko ngayon at sa year na din na yon nagsama nakmi. 1995 kinasal sila ng asawa nya dahil nabuntis nya, 1997 naging dalawa na yung mga anak nila. 1999 nag hiwalay na i dont know the reasons. Year 2000 may karelasyon na daw yung asawa ayon sa kwento na din ng panganay nilang anak. At sa year din ma yun umalis na yung asawa kasama ang boyfriend sa US na tumira. Yung mga bata naiwan sa lived in patner ko, wlang sustento ng nanay lahatng ubligasyon sa lived in patner ko. Yung babae nagka anak na bago pa kami nagka kilala. Meron na din kaming anak ngayon 7yrs.old at yung asawa nya as US dalawa na ang anak isang 11yrs.old or 12yrs.old at yung bunso 2yrs old. So wala akong kasalanan hindi ako nanira ng pamilya nagmahal lang ako kaya napaka unfair na matawag akong kabet dahil lang sa wala kaming pera para mapa annul yung una nyang kasal. And i was hoping na maging affordable para afford namin.

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