The Philippines’ champion-boxer-turned-senator proposes a new national holiday.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao proposed a bill on Dec.
7 to make the last Monday of January “National Bible Day” in the Philippines.
Pacman converted to Christianity a few years ago when he “heard the voice of God.
” He has also mentioned his faith as a source of guidance when making political decisions.
The Philippines is 93 percent Christian, making it the fifth largest Christian population on the planet.
The bill reads, “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.
” Pacquiao referred to the Bible as “the foundation of spiritual, moral and social fiber, which molds a socially responsible citizenry and strong nation building.
” He noted that past Filipino presidents, including Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, have all recognized the Bible’s significance.