I thought Philippines was better than this – shameful
Carlos Celdran was demonstrating in support of new family planning laws during a mass at Manila’s cathedral in 2010. A court found Mr Celdran guilty of “offending religious beliefs” in a ruling made public on Monday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) called the verdict “a setback for free speech”.
“It was worth every moment,” Carlos Celdran, 40, told friends yesterday after Manila Judge Juan Bermejo Jr. sentenced him to over a year in jail for performing acts “notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful” in a place devoted to religious worship – a violation of Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code.
During the verdict, Celdran was dressed in the same 19th century garb of national hero Jose Rizal, which he wore when he burst into a ceremony at Manila Cathedral two years ago. He had held up a placard saying “Damaso”
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