Carlos Celdran pleads not guilty to offending religious feelings, pre-trial on December 7


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On October 28, artist-activist Carlos Celdran pleaded not guilty to "offending religious feelings," a charge filed by a Catholic official after Celdran staged a protest during an ecumenical service in Manila Cathedral. The legal counsel of Manila Cathedral told Saksi that the church might drop the charge if Celdran apologizes. But Celdran told Inquirer.net, "I am standing by the fact that I did not say anything offensive. I will not apologize for my message." About a month ago, he said sorry "for the method and for interrupting the mass."

Celdran showed up in court yesterday dressed as the National Hero Jose Rizal. GMANews.tv quoted him: "I wore this because it’s Halloween, and I want to keep the spirit light and the spirit of creativity going in this fight. I really think that creativity will become our best weapon in winning any war in this world."

His pre-trial hearing is on December 7, Celdran posted on his Facebook wall. It was on September 30 when he held up a sign that said "Damaso" (the villainous Spanish friar in Noli Me Tangere) to protest against the Catholic Church’s opposition to the Reproductive Health Bill.

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv and Inquirer.net.

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