Divorce in the Philippines masquerades as annulment, presumably to keep our humourless men-in-robes happy. Annulment in the Philippines is de facto divorce. And that is why those who seek it require lots of money -- to pay for lawyers who need to navigate the complexity weaved into the fabric of our society, all but institutionalising pretentious morality.
Coming up with an affordabe express lane for the millions of hapless Filipinos imprisoned by the dogmatic bullying of the legal framework by the Catholic Church under the guise of an "easier" annulment procedure -- one that (by George!) recognises "spousal violence, infidelity and abandonment as presumptive psychological incapacity" as legitimate grounds for annulment -- is I suppose the next best thing to the far simpler approach of implementing a proper divorce law.
Indeed, the rich and powerful themselves struggle against this theocratic idiocy. As I lamented a poor-little-rich-girl's plight when I explored the impossibility of the concept of "annulment" on AntiPinoy.com...
Poor Kris [Aquino]. Flushing her marriage with James Yap down the crapper is not as simple as pushing down on a lever. Like the national economy, the landscape of options available to her in a backward theocratic society such as the Philippines is poor.
It's time we focus on the Truth and make things simple. The Truth is that marriage -- specially dysfunctional and oppressive ones need not be forever. The idea that that it ought to be "forever" is a relic of primitivist days when lies were routinely considered sacred.