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Celdran mum over guilty verdict but will appeal to SC

/ 08:11 PM January 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Reproductive Health Bill advocate Carlos Celdran wants to keep silent and be with his family first after a local court found him “guilty” of “offending religious feeling” under Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code, according to a report on Radyo Inquirer 990AM Tuesday.

The report quoted Celdran as saying that he was going to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, warning that this served as a threat to the freedom of speech for all Filipinos.

Celdran gained notoriety when on Sept. 30, 2010, he staged a protest, at the Manila Cathedral where, dressed as the Filipino national hero Jose Rizal, he shouted that the church should stop meddling in government affairs while holding a “Damaso” sign referring to “Padre Damaso,” the antagonist priest in Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

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The Metropolitan Trial Court on Monday released its ruling that found Celdran guilty. Based on the decision by MeTC Branch 4 Judge Juan Bermejo Jr., Celdran was meted an indeterminate sentence of 2 months and 21 days of imprisonment to a maximum of one year, 1 month and 11 days of imprisonment. John Daryl Dimalanta

TAGS: Carlos Celdran, Catholic Church, courts, Damaso, RH bill
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