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House leader seeks to require Bible reading in public schools

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  • House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante, a pastor has filed a bill seeking to require public elementary and high school students to read the Bible as part of class discussions.
  • Muslims will have the chance to read and discuss on the Bible in the English and the Filipino language.
  • Abante said adding Bible reading to the school curriculum will strengthen the youth’s character and personal discipline. 

MANILA, Philippines—A leader of the House of Representatives is pushing to make Bible reading mandatory in public elementary and secondary schools.

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Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. of Manila, a pastor, has filed House Bill 2069 or the Mandatory Bible Reading Act of 2019, urging public elementary and high schools to include in their curriculum the reading, discussion, and examination of the Bible in the English and Filipino language.

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Muslim students, on the other hand, will read and discuss on the Koran, the central religious text of Islam.

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“While we have the identity of being the only ‘Christian’ nation in Asia, it seems that we have not truly appreciated the relevance, importance and power of one Book, called the Bible,” Abante said in his explanatory note.

“If only the Bible is read, proclaimed, obeyed, and practiced, the Philippines, our beloved and only Country, would be a much better place to live in, and our government would be a government of honesty, righteousness and order,” he added.

Abante said that the Bible serves as a book of “righteous instructions, principles and standards, discipline, and a book of moral and spiritual values,” which will strengthen the youth’s moral, spiritual, ethical, intellectual and social character, and personal discipline.

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The bill mandates the Department of Education secretary to promulgate the Implementing Rules and Regulations within 30 days from the effectivity of the Act. -House of Representatives/The Manila Times

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