‘Blasphemous’ Alvarez twits Jesus Christ on divorce
Going blasphemous, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Filipinos should not invoke the name of Jesus Christ as a reason in not accepting divorce.
Alvarez is a strong supporter of the controversial House Bill No. 7303 7303 or “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines.”
There is no reason for Filipino Catholics to oppose divorce as Jesus Christ was not even born in the Philippines, Alvarez said.
Alvarez said that even Christ’s birthplace has defied the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to divorce.
The Speaker said that there is now divorce in modern-day Jerusalem, where Christ was born.
“Saan pinanganak si Kristo? Tanungin ko nga kayo. Jerusalem. O, meron bang divorce doon? Meron. Tayo na lang wala, hindi nga dito pinanganak si Kristo,” Alvarez said in a media interview on March 20, a day after the House of Representatives approved the divorce bill.
Alvarez made the remark ahead of Lenten week from March 25 to 31, where Christendom celebrates the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
While HB 7303 was the topic of the interview, Alvarez, other than dishing out the blasphemous remark, also took the occasion to take potshots at a religious leader, a friend of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Going out of topic, Alvarez took a dig at Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the head of the Davao City-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who proclaims himself as the “Son of God.”
Meron tayo dito appointed Son of God,” said Alvarez in jest without elaborating.
The Speaker also hurled a broadside at those opposing the bill, which includes President Duterte.
He said the position of the Catholic Church on divorce should not be a reason for opposing the issue, saying most countries support divorce.
The Philippines and the Vatican are the only two countries in the world without a law allowing divorce, he said.
The Vatican, the seat of the Catholic Church, does not need divorce because priests there have vows of celibacy and do not need divorce because they do not marry, he said.
On March 19, the House approved the bill on third and final reading with a vote of 134 in favor, 57 against and 2 abstentions.
Alvarez blamed the Catholic Church for the vote on the bill.
Alvarez said the votes in favor would have been larger if the Catholic Church did not pressure several congressmen into voting against HB 7303.