It can be said that everybody – Pepe and Pilar well included – is an expert about marriage, viz., what it is, why get into it, how to live it, and the like. This is particularly true about politicians, specially so when their own married life is a disaster, when their own family life is in havoc. Thus marriage experts they immediately and proudly become. Thus they think of all ways and means to get out of their failed and disastrous marriages – including the avid legalistic proposals of practically anything and everything simply and primarily to get rid of their old and still aging wives in favour of younger and better-looking women.
Never mind what they felt and said on the occasion of their own marriages with women they explicitly, solemnly and joyfully promised to live with until death would them part. Never mind if they enter into other marriages with other women and thus cause anguish to their children who would be then torn between their fathers and mothers. And never mind if thousands of couples would simply seek divorce – divide, disgust, anger their children – when they readily gave up conjugal reconciliation in favour of divorce. So it is that instead of instilling love, understanding and forgiveness in their children, divorced couples become living examples for them to eventually live in amorality in the matter of men and women relationship. Just for the record.
Family Code of the Philippines. “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.” (Title 1, Chap. 1, Art. 1)
Marriage is thus looked upon by the Family Code of the Philippines with the following formal and distinct attributions: “special”, “permanent”, “conjugal and family life”. Divorce is the distinct and marled contradiction of all the thus formally mentioned attributions of marriage.
Constitution of the Philippines: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous institution.” (At. II, State Policies, Sec. 12)
Marriage is considered by the Philippine Constitution itself as endowed with “sanctity” such as the State is committed to “protect” and “strengthen” the family – even considering this as a fundamentally “autonomous” reality.
Code of Canon Law of the Church: “The marriage covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own very nature is ordered for the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children, has, between the baptized been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament.” (Canon 1095 par. 1 CIC)
Marriage – considering its dignified and dignifying features in the Order of Nature – is elevated into the sanctified and sanctifying reality of a “Sacrament” by nothing less than the Universal Catholic Church.