WHILE BROWSING THE INTERNET, a recent article caught my attention concerning annullment in the Philippines. Here it goes:

"A bill was filed at the House of Representatives that seeks simplify annulment proceedings in the country by including spousal violence, infidelity and abandonment as grounds for annulling marriages.
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares filed House Bill 3952 seeking to amend a provision of Executive Order 209, more popularly known as the Family Code, issued in 1997 by then President Corazon Aquino, mother of inclumbent President Beningo Aquino III.
The measure aims to simplify and "make accessible" annulment proceedings by presuming that spousal violence, infidelity and abandonment as presumptions of "psychological incapacity"—a ground for annulling marriages under Article 36 of the Family Code.

"Should the petitioner alleges that she or he has been the victim of spousal violence, infidelity and abandonment, such allegations are presumed constitutive of psychological incapacity on the part of the offending spouse unless the latter successfully presents evidence to rebut the same," the bill read.

Colmenares said if passed into law, the measure will make annulment proceedings "less costly" and "more accessible" to the poor since there is no more need to hire "expensive" psychiatrists, psychologists and lawyers to prove their claims.

"The bill levels the field by giving those who cannot afford long litigations, lawyers, psychiatrists the opportunity to annul their unfortunate marriage with a psychologically incapacitated spouse," he said. - Andreo Calonzo/KBK, GMANews.TV"

Annullment is a trivial issue in the Philippines. Because of this development, those who support it would be delighted  while those against it would shake their heads.

As a married woman, I definitely believe in what the Bible says about marriage. In Matthew 19:6, it says "So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” I personally think that the simplification of  annullment process in the Philippines would equate to more broken families and homes.

To end this, I would just like to share these famous rules for a happy marriage which appear to be so simple yet so essential for marriage to be successful:


1. Never be angry at the same time.
2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.
3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your love.
4. If you love to criticize, do it lovingly.
5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
7. At least once everyday, try to say one kind or complimentary word to your loved one.
8. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit and ask for forgiveness.
9. Never go to bed with an argument unsettled.
10. Always have love, care and understanding everyday of the year.

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