The measure seeks to ban the conduct of religious rites and display of religious symbols within the premises and perimeter of government offices, including publicly-owned spaces and corridors.
“This bill seeks to empower heads of offices and departments to follow strictly the constitutional provision on the freedom of religion, particularly the non-establishment clause, in the exercise of their official functions, and in the use of government facilities and property in the exercise thereof,” Palatino said.
He cited Section 5 of the Philippine Constitution’s Bill of Rights that “the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
“The State cannot be seen to favor one religion over the other, in allowing the prominent conduct and display of religious ceremonies and symbols, respectively, in public offices and property,” the solon stated.
Palatino is a Roman Catholic.
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