Senator Manny Pacquiao is known for his religious beliefs, thus it is not surprising that just this Wednesday he filed a proposal to make every last Monday of January 'National Bible Day'.
“As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,” the bill said.
“The last Monday of January and every year thereafter is hereby declared as a ‘National Bible Day Act’ and proclaim the same as a national holiday,” it added.
Pacquiao stated in his explanatory note about the bill that the Filipino population is comprised of 93 percent Christians, making the Philippines the largest Christian population in the Asia-Pacific and the fifth largest Christian population in the world.
“The core of Christian belief is grounded on the Holy Bible. Sermons and homilies of Christian churches dwell in the teachings of the Bible. It is the primary source of spiritual manna. It forms and transforms lives of people from generations to generations. It serves as the foundation of spiritual, moral, and social fiber, which molds a socially responsible citizenry and strong nation building,” he said.
He also cited that former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos also placed great importance in the bible through Presidential Proclamation Numbers 2242, 44, and 1067, respectively.
“This bill seeks to boldly emphasize the holiness of The Living Truth by allotting a holiday for its celebration on every last Monday of January, which shall be known as ‘National Bible Day,’” Pacquiao said.
“This calls for all Christians to altogether unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith,” he added.
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