Lay groups to pursue court case vs "Kulo" artist
(SPOT.ph) The controversial "Kulo" exhibit may have been shut down yesterday, August 8, but aggrieved lay groups said they will continue to press charges against artist Mideo Cruz and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, reports GMA News.
In the GMA report, lawyer Jo Imbong of the St. Thomas More Society reasoned: "The Christian groups will pursue the charges because a serious offense has been committed and the CCP and the artist are accountable under the law." Meanwhile, Eric Manalang, president of Pro-Life Philippines, said, "Stopping the exhibit does not stop the protest tomorrow... the bigger picture of our government being the pied piper leading us to disaster on a straight path going to hell."
According to Interkasyon, the University of Santo Tomas in a radio interview denounced Cruz’s "offensive" work. "The University as an academic community and as a Catholic institution would also like to express that it is denouncing the sacrilegious or religious offensive art works included in the exhibit and all other artwork of similar nature," said UST vice rector Pablo Tiong, adding that the "offensive" pieces reflected the work of an "unprofessional artist."
Meanwhile, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, who earlier released a supportive statement for both the artist and CCP, revealed his disappointment at the exhibit’s closure. "I think that it’s an unfortunate move on the part of CCP. That leaves CCP open to pressure anytime something, an art object being displayed, raises the ire of certain sectors," he told ABS-CBN News, adding: "Once they give in to the pressure exerted on them by certain groups, then the CCP becomes open to every little whim by a certain sector in Philippine society."