PUBLIC Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta has declared her support to legalize the absolute divorce in the Philippines saying this would be the answer for “thousands or even millions of Filipinos who are suffering from dysfunctional or broken families.”

“Let me clarify, absolute divorce is not meant for happy and loving families, so if you belong to these, you must not worry about it, stay strong and united,” said the chief public attorney allaying fears that this could be abused by some sectors once it’s enacted into law.

She then hailed the lawmakers from the two chambers for their pro stance in the House Bill 9349 (Absolute Divorce Act) which has already been submitted before the Senate.

For the legislators who’re against the divorce measure, the PAO head appealed to them to have compassion by considering the plight of those with broken families.

“You may not want this bill because you have a happy and loving family but how about those who have been suffering from the hands of their abusive husbands or vice versa and children who are rape victims by their fathers and those who are unfaithful and cheaters, please help them, release them from this dysfunctional, damaged family?” Rueda-Acosta said.

Being the government’s principal law office for ‘every Filipino,’ PAO is willing to assist in divorce cases once the same is enacted by the Senate, she said.

“We just hope that there would be any provision under the bill that would give PAO a mandate or authority to handle divorce cases because we don’t want to be accused of being attention grabbers, we just want to help resolve cases related to divorce.”

Once authorized, PAO would draft its own guidelines for the efficient handling of divorce cases, Rueda-Acosta said.

She believed that everybody would have the right to file a petition for divorce but not everyone could easily obtain it as this would still undergo a stringent scrutiny of the court.