Rally Exposes Philippines Divorce Activism

Dr. Rene Bullecer leads rally to protect marriages against legalized divorce campaign in Cebu.

Dr. Rene Bullecer leads rally to protect marriages against legalized divorce campaign in Cebu.

CEBU, Philippines — A campaign to say “no” to legalized divorce is underway in the Philippines as pro-family advocates find ways to educate Filipinos on the country’s proposed House Bill 1799.

HLI Philippines country director Rene Bullecer, MD spearheaded the rally and subsequent three-kilometer march to draw attention to the harmful effects that are expected to follow the passing of anti-life bills. HLI Philippines conducted the event Saturday, March 28 with support from the local Knights of Columbus.

At Cebu City Hall, Dr. Bullecer condemned the bill, explaining the harm caused by widespread divorce to the assembly present:

“Remember,” he said, “the only country left with measures that forbid divorce is the Philippines. We shall not surrender the fight to proponents who rely on foreign backing to further their anti-life agendas!”

He said pressure will be intense to nullify or dilute Constitutional guarantees that are meant to protect marriage and family.

In May the House of the Representatives will return from recess, but Dr. Bullecer said that 56 congressional pro-family members are determined to “square off with the proponents, many of whom supported the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.”

The pro-family advocate said the divorce bill is like other nefarious bills proposed in recent years. Western ideology has influenced Filipino law to pass a law that promotes contraception and valueless sex education, which has already led to more calls for abortion on demand, same sex unions, and divorce. Such controversial measures are part of the broader global agenda funded and pushed by population controllers, he explained.

Recent survey results published by the Social Weather Survey stated 6 out of 10 Filipinos support the divorce bill, but Dr. Bullecer said the results, which are being used to call for congressional debate in May, are highly questionable.

Regardless, love for the family and for life should be the measures by which legislators govern, said Dr. Buller.

“When we reject the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, we reject the gift of life, marriage, and family—and destroy traditional Christian Filipino culture.”

March for Marriage in Cebu Philippines with HLI's Dr. Bullecer. March 2015

March for Marriage in Cebu Philippines with HLI’s Dr. Bullecer. March 2015


  1. Bernardita Fortuno on April 9, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Divorce will only benefit those who philander, marry for money or who use and abuse marriage for their nefarious ends. I dont think divorce will help women. Many women hate divorce just as many women hate annulments.

    • MG Sanchez on April 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      I disagree. Legalising divorce doesn’t mean everyone will get divorced! If you are in a healthy loving marriage then be grateful coz you have been blessed but for those who are suffering from abusive relationship and dysfunctional marriages they need freedom. I’m divorced and it didn’t damage me. If anything it helps me.understand the benefits of having it available in our country.

  2. Muhammed Al-Rashidi on April 16, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    The Philippines is the only country besides the Vatican without divorce; that alone should tell you something. Most of the arguments against divorce are disguised religious values and have no place in modern society. Think of all the abusive marriages in the Philippines and then those affected by them. These people will never be able to move on with their lives and find happiness. Most opponents of divorce either cannot comprehend that their religion does not belong in legislation, could afford annulment if they wanted it or are uneducated. Give citizens of the Philippines divorce now!!!

    • MG Sanchez on April 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      I agree

    • Joshua Cortez on September 9, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Actually it’s not just about happiness. In marriage, there are vows to be followed to be together through good and bad things. So whether you’re happy or not, well you vowed so, I think you brought yourself into it. Marriage isn’t about testing someone out. It’s about staying with that one person forever. Plus, it can cause a lot of damage to children(like me). So technically speaking, divorce isn’t even supposed to exist.

  3. ann on April 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    When we talk about annulment and divorce let’s talk about past tense also – there are countless couples who have moved on from each other and created whole new families and lives together – they can not be expected to reconcile with an ex they now consider a stranger or an enemy. Why are people locked into these contracts that bear no resemblance of a marriage? Let’s all educate ourselves about the trappings of annulment please…. be aware failed annulment will lead to RES JUDICATA – meaning the case is closed and you are married unless one of you dies or one can manage to gain citizenship abroad and obtain a foreign divorce decree. not many lawyers will tell u that. Google Amy Perez and read her story from the beginning too. Knowledge is power people.

  4. MG Sanchez on April 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    At the moment the only way to end dysfunctional marriages is annulment or perhaps suicide??!! The annulment is nothing but a complete joke and insult to mankind! how can anybody deny the marriage and make it as it never happened or existed! Is that what moral you are talking about? by agreeing to divorce won’t automatically makes us immoral!

  5. MG Sanchez on April 16, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    To those who are heavenly happy and contented with their marriage divorce is not for you but that doesn’t give you the right to criticise us who supports divorce using religious grounds coz it is Wrong! The divorce will help a lot of dysfunctional families unlike annulment! quite a lot of couples have been separated for years and yet can’t move on coz the annulment has been designed to destroy broken family even more! It is damaging to the family both emotionally and psychologically.

  6. Anna Cosio on April 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Just because there are people who make mistakes doesn’t mean we must legitimize these mistakes through our laws. It only goes to show the need for better preparations before marriage and not jumping into it for all the wrong reasons and with all the wrong expectations. Should we jeopardize the institution of marriage just because there are those who were not able to make their own marriages work? There is a reason why the State is obliged to protect the institution of marriage and it has nothing to do with our love lives, but everything to do with the common good. And when it comes to crafting laws that will affect the very foundation of society, we should not base our decisions on feelings, but on the truth. We must think of the common good and not just of ourselves.

    Also, if proponents of divorce claim that this will be cheaper than other legal options, they should instead encourage the government to make the present options more affordable. Why pass a divorce bill when other options can be made cheaper? Aim to reform the existing annulment process if it is proven to have defects. No need for a divorce law to do that. All other concerns (domestic abuse, adultery, etc.) are already addressed by existing laws. The only reason why people want a divorce law is to turn the shallowest and most trivial reasons (a.k.a. “irreconcilable differences”) into valid grounds to throw away one’s marriage. That’s all this proposed divorce law is about.

  7. ann on April 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    You have no idea what you are talking about 🙁 get educated on the facts and reality please

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