Monday, January 28, 2013

The Family Code of the Philippines

"I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and promulgate the Family Code of the Philippines, as follows:

Title I


Chapter 1: Requisites of Marriage

Art. 1. Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. It is the foundation of the family and an inviolable social institution…" 

These are not only interesting but also intriguing times not simply for the world in general but also for the Philippines in particular. The People of the Philippines are simply asking for enough food, decent clothing, acceptable housing, availability of work, and some ease in living. The Government of the Philippines, on the other hand, triumphantly looks beyond such basic ground realities – if not precisely the other way around.

So it is that the incumbent President of the Philippines is instead perceived as preoccupied with lessening the people in the Philippines by waging war against the unborn. So it is that the same President of the Philippines appears to have in mind the multiplication of broken families in the Philippines by divorce legislation. And so it is that the said President of the Philippines likewise seems to contemplate the idea of same sex marriage to altogether prevent child bearing.

Never mind if a former President of the Philippines issued Executive Order No. 209 as amended by Executive Order No. 227. Never mind if the same former President of the Philippines considered marriage as a “special contract… permanent union.” And never mind if the said former President of the Philippines even looked at marriage as the “foundation of the family… an inviolable social institution.”

A past President of the Philippines ordered what she herself believed, knew, and practiced about marriage and its permanency, about conjugal and family life, on the other hand, the current President of the Philippines seems to be indifferent to marriage, to conjugal and family life, and thus appears to squarely contradict the conviction of the former President of the Philippines – his very own dear mama.

Sad but true!