Court of Appeals upholds Carlos Celdran’s conviction for Damaso protest

The debate about free speech continues


( The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Wednesday that the Court of Appeals has affirmed Carlos Celdran’s conviction regarding the infamous "Damaso" incident in Manila Cathedral.


Noting that the Freedom of Speech is not an " unbridled license" to say whatever one wants, the Court of Appeals’ decision read: "It goes without saying that those people observing [a] certain form of religion or sect are equally entitled to the state's protection as any of its citizens."


Celdran’s protest caused a stir when he staged it and even more ruckus when he was sued for it. His supporters waved the Free Speech flag, while critics argued that under the law, there’s still a proper venue for protests and the Manila Cathedral was not it. blogger Lourd de Veyra discussed the incident at length (somewhat) in Iculong An Mana Erehe!


For more on this story, log on to Photo from Carlos Celdran’s Facebook page.

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