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Manila: Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay has resigned from his post after corruption charges were hurled against him, an official said on Monday.

Binay quit as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as Presidential Advisor on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concern, Xinhua reported.

Joey Salgado, Binay’s media affairs chief, said that the Vice President tendered “his irrevocable resignation from the cabinet effective immediately”.

Binay is facing corruption allegations for alleged overpriced projects in Makati city when he was the mayor of the place.

He had expressed his intention to run for president in 2016. (IANS)

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Philippines Takes step Towards Legalizing Divorce

Last year, a survey on divorce by independent pollster Social Weather Stations found that 53 percent of the population was in favor of legalizing it

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A Filipino bride arranges her gown before her wedding at a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines.
A Filipino bride arranges her gown before her wedding at a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines. VOA

The Philippines took a step on Monday toward making divorce legal with the lower house of Congress passing a law allowing people to dissolve marriages, despite opposition from the president and bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.

The Philippines, which has the largest Catholic population in Asia, and the Vatican are the only two states in the world without a divorce law, Philippine politicians say.

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Congresswoman Emmi de Jesus said the bill was in response to a clamor from women who wanted to get out of failed relationships, particularly from abusive husbands.

“It is not at the president’s bidding that we file legislation,” de Jesus told reporters, referring to opposition to the bill, passed with 134 votes in favor, 57 against and two abstentions, from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It is not at the president’s bidding that we file legislation,” de Jesus told reporters, referring to opposition to the bill, passed with 134 votes in favor, 57 against and two abstentions, from President Rodrigo Duterte. Pixabay

 

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De Jesus said the legislative process should “take its course”. To become law, the upper house Senate must also pass what is known as a counterpart bill but it has yet to begin drafting one.

Duterte, who is legally separated from his wife, opposes making divorce legal. His spokesman Harry Roque, who told reporters Duterte was concerned about the welfare of children whose parents divorce.

Last year, a survey on divorce by independent pollster Social Weather Stations found that 53 percent of the population was in favor of legalizing it. (VOA)

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