MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Article ll, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines declares: The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable. Senator Antonio Trilanes wants to invoke this constitutional provision to have his colleagues Alan Cayetano and Manny Pacquiao impeached.
(Actually, senators cannot be impeached but can be removed by a two-thirds vote of all the members of the Senate.)
Trillanes called for the impeachment after photos went viral showing Cayetano, Pacquiao and others holding a bible study inside the Senate building.
“Don’t they know the law? They violated the constitution,” Trillanes said.
In response, Pacquiao said, “I know the law. It says ‘No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“So Trillanes doesn’t have any business interfering with the free exercise of my religion!”
Good point, Senator Pacquiao.
Well, sort of. If you take your bible study outside the Senate building, you’ll be just fine.
By the way, who paid for the buffet during your bible study? Just curious.