Mideo Cruz, CCP officials cleared from criminal complaints, Ombudsman rules "Politeismo" shouldn’t have been censored

Jaime Sinapit of InterAksyon.com reports that "the Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the criminal and administrative complaints filed against artist Mideo Cruz and members of the Cultural Center of the Philippines' board of trustees over the controversial artwork Politeismo featured in the Kulo exhibit two years ago."

Jaime Sinapit of InterAksyon.com reports that "the Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the criminal and administrative complaints filed against artist Mideo Cruz and members of the Cultural Center of the Philippines' board of trustees over the controversial artwork Politeismo featured in the Kulo exhibit two years ago." Religious groups had protested Cruz’s installations, which featured religious icons merged with pop culture elements and phallic symbols.

 

The report noted: "Manuel Dayrit had filed an administrative complaint for violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. This was followed by a complaint for grave misconduct and conduct becoming of a public officer or employee filed against Abrera and Sunico by Eusebio Dulatas Jr."

 

According to the report, the decision to clear Cruz and the CCP officials was explained in the "34-page Joint Resolution and another 30-page Joint Decision, which were both signed on February 28 by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales." Morales had written that there was "no probable cause and substantial evidence to hold the respondents administratively or criminally liable" and that "that otherwise censoring offensive artworks is a form of prior restraint generally prohibited by the Constitution."

 

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