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Villegas (Photos: cbcpnews.com)
Villegas (Photos: cbcpnews.com)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – ‘Always think before you click.’

That was the answer by Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach to the final pageant question on what she thought of Internet censorship.

Apparently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has stolen that infamous line from Wurtzbach.

In a statement following the Philippine Senate’s rejection of a proposed new law legalizing divorce, CBCP President Socrates Villegas said that a failed marriage is not an argument for divorce but rather a proof of the necessity that only mature people enter into it. “Always think before you click,” he reiterated.

Villegas likened divorce to test-driving a car and replacing it with a better one should it fail.

“It is plainly dehumanizing to both spouses to allow for a test-run, through a first marriage, and then grant the possibility of a replacement of spouses should the test fail,” he said.

“It is ironic that those most vocal in their support for divorce also hold themselves out as champions of human rights – and there can be no violation of human rights more egregious than to treat human persons the same way that you treat vehicles and appliances,” he added.

Wurtzbach is seriously considering filing plagiarism charges against Villegas for copying her winning pageant answer.

Villegas, however, countered that as a bishop, he cannot be sued because in the Philippines, there is separation of church and state.

That’s tongue-in-cheek Monsignor!






MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Outside of The Vatican, the Philippines is now the only country in the world that denies divorce to the majority of its citizens. It is the last straggler among the most devout of Catholic countries where the church has fought hard to enforce the sanctity of marriage.

Not even Pope Francis, who visited the Philippines earlier this year, seems to be able to soften the stance of the country’s dual-faced politicians and ultra conservative church leaders.(Francis has urged his bishops to take a more forgiving stance toward divorced Catholics. But with divorce being illegal in the Philippines, Francis’ appeal is a moot point.)

Today,  Philippine senators have rejected a proposal to legalize divorce in the Philippines despite surveys showing majority of Filipinos agreed to legalize “irreconcilably separated” couples.

Many legislators admitted that a divorce law would have little to no chance of passing both houses of congress. President Aquino, a devout Catholic, had previously said he does not favor divorce.

In an alternative move, Senator Bongbong Marcos, with full support from his fellow legislators from all sides of the aisle, said he will introduce a bill that would legalize philandering. “It already is a widespread practice in the country,” Marcos said, ” we might as well make it part of the law of our land.”

It is common knowledge that many Filipino politicians are certified philanderers.

Not everyone is happy about the proposed new bill.  Wives of philandering politicians said they will vigorously oppose it. Mistresses of philandering politicians are undecided whether or not to support the bill. They are afraid that their secret affairs with the politicians will be made public once the bill becomes law.


O'Donnel, right, and second wife Michele Rounds
O’Donnell, right, and second wife Michele Rounds

SAN FRANCISCO, California  (The Adobo Chronicles) – The soon-to-leave The View host Rosie O’Donnell was a poster child (or adult) for marriage equality, having married her spouse Kelli Carpenter  at San Francisco’s City Hall in 2004.

That marriage didn’t last long. In 2012, she married another girlfriend, Michelle Rounds.

O’Donnel, 52, has confirmed that she and Rounds have been living apart for at least three months and have finally decided to divorce.

The problem is, while same-sex marriage is now allowed in 36 U.S. states, same-sex divorce has yet to be legalized.

Many same-sex couples who are married or in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships may not be able to get divorced. All states have some residency requirement for divorce: at least one spouse must be a resident of a state that recognizes their union in order to dissolve it. Same-sex couples who live in states that do not recognize their relationships may not be able to divorce.

Because of the increasing number of married gay couples deciding to part ways, LGBT organizations and advocacy groups are now scrambling to advocate for state legislation that would legalize same-sex divorce.

Same-sex divorce may be the next big battle in the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule this year on what could be a federally-mandated gay marriage in the next few months.

In San Francisco’s gay Castro Street last night, members of Equality California blocked entrances to the Muni station, shouting: “What do we want? Divorce Equality! Whe do we want it? Now!”