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House OKs bill vs using ‘Muslim,’ ‘Christian’ words to tag crime suspects

ICC Note:

One of five new bills approved in the Philippines will ban the use of the words “Muslim” and “Christian” as descriptions of criminals. Any part of the media that violates this ban will be penalized at least P50,000.


2/6/08 Philippines (GMANews) The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the bill prohibiting the use of words “Muslim” and “Christian” in mass media to describe any person suspected of committing a crime.
House Bill 100 was among the five measures that were approved in plenary Tuesday, the first day of Speaker Prospero Nograles, who replaced Pangasinan Rep. Jose de Venecia in tumultuous proceedings Monday.

Meantime, the four other measures approved on third and final reading are House Bills 2420 amending the Family Code of the Philippines, HB 2811 penalizing those exploiting women and glorify sexual violence in advertisements, HB 3305 banning obscene porn materials and live sex shows and HB 3323 that allows WWII veterans to receive benefits.

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