Manila, Philippines, Feb 6, 2020 / 15:21 pm
Catholic leaders in the Philippines have voiced concern that a bill aiming to legalize divorce is progressing without significant debate.
"I was expecting exhaustive deliberations and discussions would be conducted on the measure," said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary for public affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.
"I was surprised at the speed at which the committee accepted the bill," he said, according to UCA News.
The House Committee on Population and Family Relations approved House bills 100, 838 and 2263 on Feb. 5. The bills, which would allow for divorce in the country, will be consolidated before receiving a full vote in the House.