Whether a Filipina, married in accordance with Muslim laws, rites, customs, traditions and practices, can obtain a divorce from her Filipino Muslim husband; whether a Muslim Filipino man living in the Philippines can legally take more than one wife; and whether polygamous marriages are officially recognized (since 1996) [PHL31986.E]

No information on divorce, other than that provided in Country Reports 1998, could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report 1998. 1997.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1998. 26 February 1999. United States Department of State. (Electronic version)

Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992.

The Europa World Year Book 1998. 1998.

Human Rights Watch World Report. Yearly. December 1997, December 1998.

Philippines. June 1997.

Resource Centre. "Philippines" country file. January 1996-present.

WIN News [Lexington, Mass.]. Quarterly. Winter 1996-present.

Electronic sources: IRB Databases, REWORLD.