The Philippines is four months away for the much-awaited 2010 Elections. Filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) has been finished and the Commission on Election (COMELEC) already in the process of reviewing all the certificates to determine qualified aspirants.
Among the groups aiming for a seat in the party-list elections is 1-ABAA or Isa-Ako Babaeng Astig Aasenso (I am a Woman, strong and will progress). It is a group which aims to help women become entrepreneurs by giving them better employment, provide sources of livelihood, access to capital and other ways to make women financially independent. This group plans to propose a law requiring couples to renew marriage every 10 years so that it would not be voided.
The group or party-list 1-ABAA wants to represent women in the House of Congress but I guess their proposed law can be considered anti-women. The Filipino family is the basic unit of society that is very much protected under Philippine Law. Likewise being a Catholic country such proposal is not welcome. Family comprises of father, mother and kids and to give marriage such expiration will also give expiration to the families. Is that law for the common good? Will the Philippines benefit from such a law? Or it will may result and create more problems to the country? Will it empower women or will it make them powerless and troublesome?
The Philippines has already legal separation and civil annulment of marriages for couples who are deeply in trouble with their relationships. Law makers must not be alarmed with the piling up of annulment cases. Instead, they must be alarmed if there will be plenty of broken families and rebelling kids that this proposed law may result into and if that happen the country will be in big trouble repairing the damage.
I am a woman, a wife and a mother. I have nothing against 1-ABAA group but as a citizen I find it illogical to propose such a law. Filipino family must be strengthened and be supported to provide quality citizens for the country. There are various means to empower women and such objective may start from the younger generation.