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Malacañang on Monday didn’t offer any stand yet on the legalization of divorce in the country, which received majority support in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Instead, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. tossed the task of discussing the issue to the public and its representatives in Congress.

“Ang mga mamamayan ay may kapangyarihang ipaabot sa kanilang mga kinatawan sa Kongreso ang kanilang mga saloobin hinggil sa usapin ng divorce. Hindi pa tinatalakay sa Gabinete ang isyung ito,” Coloma said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, SWS poll results revealed that 60 percent of Filipino adults want divorce to be legalized in the Philippines.
President Benigno Aquino III, a bachelor, has earlier described the legalization of divorce in the country as “a no-no.” 

“I cannot support something like they do in Las Vegas. The stereotype is you get married in the morning [and] you get divorced in the afternoon,” the President said back in 2010.

A bill is pending at the committee in the House of Representatives seeking to introduce divorce in the Philippines

The Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism, is the only country in the world that has not yet legalized divorce. In 2011, predominantly Catholic Malta voted to legalize divorce. —NB, GMA News

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