In an interview with News.co.uk, a prominent religious leader in the Philippines who is also known as Father Francis Dureza, said that he is in favour of a bill which would prohibit discrimination based on religion.
He said that the Philippine Catholic Church (PCB) has a vested interest in protecting its traditional beliefs.
“We don’t want them to lose their privileges.
We are fighting for the rights of our religion,” Durezza said.
When asked if he was aware of the legislation being debated in the Philippine Parliament, Durezas comments were very positive.
Dureza said that there was a strong anti-discrimination bill on the agenda, but the Catholic Church has been silent on it.
“There is a bill being prepared that is about protecting our religious traditions,” Duraza said.
“We have a Catholic majority and the people of the Philippines want to preserve their traditional beliefs and cultures.”
Durezays remarks come after a report by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which warned that religious and ethnic minorities faced discrimination and discrimination in the country.
The Council also expressed concern about the lack of accountability for discrimination and violence in the Church, especially by its clergy.