Carlos Celdran will not be banned from Intramuros, says the site’s administration director

Intramuros Administration Director Jose Capistrano tells Unang Hirit that they cannot ban Carlos Celdran from entering churches in Intramuros.

Reacting to calls for Carlos Celdran to be banned from entering churches in Intramuros, the historic site’s Administration Director Jose Capistrano told Unang Hirit that they cannot forbid the artist-tour-guide from doing so. "He is not an employee of the Intramuros Administration. He is a private, independent tour guide operating inside Intramuros and other places like Chinatown," Capistrano said. However, he added that the churches’ priests may prohibit the Reproductive Health (RH) advocate from entering the places of worship.

Though he has not yet talked to Celdran, Capistrano believes that the activist will continue conducting tours inside the Walled City of Manila. Celdran spent a day in jail for staging a pro-RH Bill protest during an ecumenical mass in the Manila Cathedral on September 30. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines charged him with "offending the feelings of the faithful," which is prohibited according to Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code.

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