Imelda Marcos convinces CCP to shut down controversial "Kulo" exhibit

( Former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos managed to convince the Cultural Center of the Philippines board yesterday, August 8, to withdraw the controversial "Kulo" art exhibit, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Marcos, who founded the cultural center 40 years ago, sprang into action after she received a letter from aggrieved bishops pleading her to intervene. "Kulo" was supposed to run until August 21.


Marcos said CCP symbolized "KKK"-katotohanan (truth), kabutihan (goodness), and kagandahan (beauty); "Kulo," which she described in GMA report as "horrendous" and "unthinkable," does not fall under the three categories. When asked if shutting down the exhibit curtailed human rights, Marcos said in an ABS-CBN report: "We have freedom pero kung nakakasakit na at nakakasama at nakaka-desecrate ng belief ng tao, hindi na yan tama at lalong lalo na hindi dapat ilagay sa Cultural Center (We have freedom but if we hurt or disrespect other people’s beliefs, then it shouldn’t be condoned and it shouldn’t be displayed in the CCP.)"


Other solons were also offended by the exhibit. In his privilege speech yesterday, Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing demanded the resignation of CCP officials who permitted "Kulo" to be shown. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto even threatened to cut CCP’s budget.


For more on this story, log on to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA News, and ABS-CBN News.


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