March against Philippine divorce Bill, drug war deaths

Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila yesterday against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the Walk For Life march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

The pre-dawn protest was organised by church groups worried about the possible passage of a divorce Bill, which is being championed by Mr Duterte's allies in Congress.

The Philippines is the only state in the world aside from the Vatican where divorce is illegal.

Abortion and same-sex marriage are also outlawed in the country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'March against Philippine divorce Bill, drug war deaths'. Print Edition | Subscribe