A PARTY-LIST solon is proposing to the advocates of divorce to consider the opinion of the children on the impending dissolution of their parents’ marriage.
ACT-CIS Rep. Nina Taduran said the measure should also have a provision that will protect the emotional and psychological well-being of children of spouses seeking divorce.
Approved in the House Committee of Population and Family Relations are the three divorce bills filed by some lawmakers. A technical working group (TWG) has been formed to consolidate the three bills.
Although the bill states that there will be provisions for the care and custody of the children, Taduran believes that children should also have a voice in the issue.
“The emotional and mental well-being of the children who will be affected by the separation of the parents is of primordial concern. Let them be heard. Include them in the mediation during the six-month cooling off period of the spouses,” Taduran said.
The lawmaker also believes that the divorcing spouses should also consider the impact of their separation to the children who are forced to be just fence-sitters in the situation.
The government should also provide counseling for the children who will be affected by the divorce process, she said.
“Naka focus lang tayo sa issue ng mag-asawa, nakakalimutan natin ang mga anak na biktima ng sitwasyon. Pakinggan natin ang kanilang opinyon sa hiwalayan ng kamilang mga magulang. Baka sakali ring maaayos pa ang relasyon ng kanilang mga anak,” she added.
Meanwhile, two religious leaders-turned politicians have expressed their strong objection to the divorce bills.
Both Minority Leader Benny Abante and Deputy Speaker Bro. Eddie Villanueva appealed to their colleagues not to pass a divorce bill saying it is against the beliefs and norms of many Filipinos.