Chapter III – Religion

Article 5. The State recognizes the freedom and equality of all beliefs. No religion may be exalted above any other, and no law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting its free exercise thereof.

Article 6. The practice of any religion and the functioning of the State shall be kept separate, and this separation shall be inviolable. There shall be no interference whatsoever of religious sentiments in State affairs and politics, nor shall there be any interference whatsoever by the State on the internal affairs of religious associations. Accordingly:

  1. Filipinos who are of legal age or older shall be allowed to be members of the clergy, whether as priests, preachers, ministers, other religious teachers or dignitaries as such;
  2. Members of the clergy shall not perform any governmental employment, except in cases found in Paragraph 3 of Article 70;
  3. Members of the clergy shall not be allowed to enter into political associations, however, as Filipino citizens, they shall be allowed to vote;
  4. Members of the clergy shall neither promote nor attack any political candidate, party, or association whatsoever, nor shall they attack the laws or institutions of the Republic in any public gathering, religious activity or through any religious publicity; and
  5. Political gatherings shall never take place at churches, mosques, or temples of any sort.

Any violation of this article shall be punishable under the law.

 

About Kristian Ligsay Jensen

Half Danish half Filipino. Born and raised in Southeast Asia - mostly the Philippines. Has been living in Denmark since the age of 18.