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Stricter rules for foreigners marrying Filipinas

The House of Representatives has set stricter rules for male foreign nationals who intent to marry a Filipina. House Bill 2387, of Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, requires additional requirements for male citizens or subjects of a foreign country such as a certificate of good moral character to be issued by his diplomatic or consular official, before a marriage license can be obtained. “We are all aware of incidents that some foreigners who come to the Philippines to marry Filipino women are vagabonds or social and moral derelicts in their own country, whose real motive is only to take advantage and exploit our women,” Garcia, a former governor, said in the bill’s explanatory note. “Not a few of these male foreigners’ real motive for marriage is to exploit our women by making them work and worse, by sending them to prostitution and other degrading and dehumanizing occupations.” Under the bill, when one of the contracting parties is a male citizen or subject of a foreign country desiring to marry a female citizen of the Philippines, in addition to the certificate of legal capacity, the foreign subject or citizen shall provide himself with a certificate of good moral character and a certificate that he has a gainful trade, business or employment, to be issued by his diplomatic or consular official, before a marriage license can be obtained. Garcia said the bills is aimed at curbing exploitation of Filipino women, through mail-order or pen-pal, Facebook, website mail, and other Internet-coursed marriages. The bill has been referred to Committee on Revision of Laws chairman Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas for action.
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