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New bill seeks mandatory bible study in PH public elementary and secondary schools

House Minority Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante, Jr. drafts new bill to make reading the Bible a requirement for students in elementary and secondary public schools.

Abante, a senior pastor of the Metropolitan Bible Baptist Ekklesia, proposed for such a policy with the hope that it will guide people, especially the country's leaders, towards the path of righteousness.

“If only biblical discipline, principles and standards are taught and inculcated in the minds of our children, there would be no much problems on leadership, governance, and peace and order,” said Abante, according to GMA News Online.

The bill is called “Mandatory Bible Reading Act of 2019,” states that "the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, and social well-being.”

The bill proposes that the English and Filipino subjects in public schools in the country will include the reading of, discussion and examination on the Bible. In case of Muslim students, it will include the reading of, discussion and examination on the Quran.


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