“The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution.” (Article 2, Section 12)
Let it be formally and expressly said that while someone must be good for something, not everyone however is fir for marriage intents and purposes. This is a down-to-earth reality that is squarely premised on the inherent nature of and obligations intrinsic to marriage – such as the requirements of the required mental composition, emotional constitution and physical make-up of the concrete man and/or woman concerned. One thing is to simply desire married and definitely something else is to have the fitness, capacity or aptitude for getting married.
It is understandable wherefore that the more and more couples do not get married at all – but simply unite and separate at will. In fact, more and more married men and women get married and eventually come to part ways at will – with or without having children. Thus it is too that more and more children from “broken families” become confused, angry and/or bitter as they grow in years and realize their predicament of growing without the parenting presence of their fathers and/or mothers.
And yet, there are individuals who furthermore even want to introduce and legalize divorce in the Country – as if the fact of divorces and the divorce mentality would promote the right understanding and proper living of the reality of marriage. The truth of the matter is that divorce promotes divorce just as the possibility of divorce already weakens the resolve to get married for life – in accord with their own human dignity and pursuant to inherent rights of their own children.
Divorce is not merely a direct contradiction of the standard Marriage Vows, but also a standing contradiction of the Family Code of the Philippine and furthermore a blatant contradiction of the Constitution of the Philippines. Hence, Filipinos who want divorce introduced and legalized in the Country, say but one and the same thing: Change the Marriage Vow! Change the Philippine Constitution! Change the Family Code of the Philippines! How convenient! How gross!
Thus it is that in the context of a divorce provision, the constitutional principle of the “sanctity of family life” is but a big joke. That the above likewise constitutional resolve to “protect and strengthen the family” is simply a big lie. And that equally constitutional consideration of the family as a “basic autonomous social institution” is but a big farce. What a big pity as well!