Sen. Pia Cayetano seeks to repeal Revised Penal Code Law provision on "offending religious feelings"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that on Tuesday, February 5, Senator Pia Cayetano "filed a bill seeking to repeal a Spanish-era provision in the Revised Penal Code that punishes acts seen to ’offend religious feelings.’"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that on Tuesday, February 5, Senator Pia Cayetano "filed a bill seeking to repeal a Spanish-era provision in the Revised Penal Code  that punishes acts seen to ’offend religious feelings.’" The said law was used to convict artist  Carlos Celdran for his 2010 "Dama protest" at the Manila Cathedral.

 

The report noted: "Cayetano, in a press statement, said Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code that punishes ’anyone who, in a place devoted to religious worship or during the celebration of any religious ceremony, shall perform acts notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful’ can be used to curtail freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed by the 1987 Constitution."

 

According to the report, Cayetano pointed out: "Given the fact that the Revised Penal Code was enacted in January 1, 1932, more than 50 years before the 1987 Constitution, there is a need to revisit antiquated criminal laws such as Article 133."

 

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