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Philippine senator wants end to blasphemy punishments

MANILA (UCAN): A Philippine senator, Leila de Lima, is seeking the repeal of a provision in the country’s penal code that punishes the crime of “offending religious feelings” through words and actions, saying that the “archaic” provision could violate an individual’s constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression.
“Freedom of expression, which is a fundamental human right, is indispensable in any democratic society,” De Lima said.

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